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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?