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'SMALL actions BIG Movements', by Linda Adams. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

'SMALL actions BIG Movements', by Linda Adams. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Exhibition and associated activities:SMALL Actions BIG Movements: the Continuum of Nonviolence
Description: This exhibition "SMALL Actions BIG Movements" accompanies the 26th War Resisters International (WRI) International conference. It is co-hosted by Ceasefire Campaign of South Africa. The first such conference took place in Hoddesdon, England, 1925.

In these textiles the courageous, collective and creative responses of communities worldwide to the erosion and abuse of their human rights is a central theme. Here, women recount on cloth stories of disappearances, forced execution, torture, resistance, denouncement, displacement, forced exile, indigenous land struggles and the gradual transition to democracy. We are also brought face to face with the futility and the multi-layered destructive impact of modern warfare, far beyond the immediate conflict period and zone.

Overall, the multi-faceted, nonviolent resistance of communities threaded through this exhibition, in the face of violent persecution, is testimony to the powerful impact of individuals and small groups working together to effect change towards a society where warfare, whatever its nature and human rights abuse, is not tolerated.
Web links:

War Resisters International

PowerPoint presentation (in documents section below 'powerpoint - South Africa') showing glimpses into Small Actions Big Movements conference opening, exhibition, exhibition launch and arpilleras workshops.
Dedicated to the memory of Duduzile Hlabangane (known as 'Dudu'), from Zimbabwe.
Photos taken during the conference by Ying Betty Liang and Jan Van Criekinge.
PowerPoint compiled by Eva Gonzalez.
Commissioned by: War Resisters International
Date(s): 1st July 2014 - 11th July 2014
Venue: Cape Town City Hall, South Africa
Darling Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Curator: Roberta Bacic
Facilitator: War Resisters International

Documents: • Exhibition catalogue - South Africa,June 2014 - view
• powerpoint - South Africa - view

Textiles Displayed:SMALL Actions BIG Movements
Broken Rifle
Sala de torturas / Torture chamber
Paz - Justicia - Libertad / Peace - Justice - Freedom
Irene, Marta, Hilda, Patricia: Now and Always Present
Hornos de Lonquén / Lime kilns of Lonquén
¿Dónde están? / Where are they?
La cueca sola / Dancing cueca alone
Encadenamiento / Women Chained to Parliament Gates
AUSENCIAS –PRESENCIAS Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo/Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo
Libertad a los presos políticos / Freedom for the political prisoners
Olla común en una población / Soup Kitchen in a barrio
Violar es un crimen / Rape is a crime
Homenaje a los caídos / Homage to the fallen ones
En Chile se tortura / Demonstration against torture
Violencia en las calles de Santiago de Chile durante toque de queda / Violence in th
Panfleteando en el 1979 en Santiago / Leafleting in Santiago in 1979
No a la impunidad / No to impunity
Marcha de las mujeres de los mineros
The day we will never forget
NO MAS / No more
Lost children of war
Retorno de los exiliados / Return of the exiles
Queremos Democracia / We want democracy
Ganó la gente / People have won
Hermanos Mapuche en huelga de hambre / Mapuche people on hunger strike
Carabineros desaloja comunidad Mapuche / Police entering Mapuche territory
Libertad a nuestros hermanos Mapuche / Freedom to our Mapuche brothers
NO a la ley antiterrorista / NO to the antiterrorist law
Soldiers back from the wars
Executed at dawn
No a la represa / No to the dam
The Africa Quilt
Reflections on violence
Juan Pablo te esperamos / John Paul we are waiting for you
Al Servicio de la vida / Servicing life
Digital Death
¿Quién carga con la deuda externa? / Who Carries the External Debt?