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Arpilleras on exhibit at the 'Disobedient Objects' exhibition, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2014/15. (Photo: Catherine Flood).

Arpilleras on exhibit at the 'Disobedient Objects' exhibition, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2014/15. (Photo: Catherine Flood).


Exhibition and associated activities:Disobedient Objects
Description: This exhibition by the Victoria and Albert Museum examines the powerful role of objects of art and design created by grassroots social movements as tools of social change, focusing on the period from 1980 to the present.

Four arpilleras from the collection of curator Roberta Bacic are included in this exhibition:
1.¿Dónde están nuestros hijos? /Where are our children? Chilean arpillera, anon., c1979.
Conflict Textiles Collection. Donation from Jacquie Monty, England
2.¡Adiós Pinochet! / Good bye Pinochet! Chilean arpillera, anon., c1980.
Conflict Textiles Collection. Donation from Heidi and Peter Gessler, Switzerland
3. Shannonwatch (Extraordinary rendition)
Irish arpillera by Deborah Stockdale, 2011.
Conflict Textiles Collection.
4. Desplazamiento / Displacement Colombian arpillera by Mujeres tejiendo sueños y sabores de paz, 2010.
Conflict Textiles Collection.

Associated Activities:
Making Trouble and Influencing People
Friday 29th August 2014; 18.30 to 22.00
How to make a Disobedient Arpillera Doll - workshop
Poynter Room, Café
18.30 & 20.00
Arpilleras are a textile applique technique with a long history of subversive resistance. Join Disobedient Objects contributor and independent curator Roberta Bacic, and learn more about the history of arpilleras through a workshop on how to make your own arpillera doll. Please feel free to bring scraps of material with you of personal significance to incorporate into your doll. This workshop has limited spaces, please sign up on the evening. No sewing skills are required.

Web links:
Victoria and Albert Museum - Disobedient Objects
Victoria and Albert Museum - Blog

Publicity about the exhibition:
Harrod, Tanya. (2014). 'The Making of Protest', Crafts, July/August 2014, pp.44-47.
Thackray, Lucy. (2014). 'A brief history of the world in 10 rebellious objects', High Life (British Airways in-flight magazine), July 2014.
Wainwright, Oliver. (2014). 'Tools of protest: Disobedient Objects, the V&A's subversive new show', The Guardian, 23 July 2014. Web version
n.a. (2014). 'Blow-up cobblestones and tiki trucks: unlikely protest objects - in pictures', theguardian (website), 23 July 2014. Web page
Moore, Rowan. (2014). 'Disobedient Objects - raw protest in genteel surroundings', The Guardian, 27 July 2014. Web version
Pilger, Zoe. (2014). 'Power to the People: Revolution is in the air at the V&A with a survey of protest art from the Seventies to now', The Independent, Sunday 27 July 2014. Web version [See also: Spanish translation, below]
Pilger, Zoe. (2014). 'Muestra en Londres repasa el arte de la protesta social en el mundo', La Jornada, 10 agosto 2014, [Spanish translation by Jorge Anaya]. Web version
Judah, Hettie. (2014). 'DISOBEY', Art Review, Summer 2014. Web version
n.a. (2014).'Disobedient Objects – reviews of protest design show at V&A', THE WEEK, 29 July 2014. Web version
Baker, Harriet. (20114). 'Rebellion by design: when ceramics and textiles get radical', Financial Times, 8 August 2014. Web version
Waters, Florence. (2014). 'Disobedient Objects, V&A Museum, review: 'utterly engrossing', The Telegraph, 9 August 2014. Web version
Grover, Sumeet. (2014). 'Chilean Art of Civil Disobedience: Review from V&A, London', Global Poetry (, [PDF; 145KB]. Article also available at Huffington Post and TRANSCEND Media Service.

See also:
Victoria and Albert Museum. (2014). Disobedient Objects Press Report - 12 September 2014, [PDF, 263]. London: V&A.

Commissioned by: Victoria and Albert Museum
Date(s): 26th July 2014 - 11th February 2015
Venue: Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, England. SW7 2RL
Curator: Catherine Flood and Gavin Grindon
Facilitator: Catherine Flood and Gavin Grindon
Outcome: Attendance The Disobedient Objects exhibition had a total of 416,867 visitors, making it the most well-attended show at the V&A since 'Britain Can Make It' in 1946.

Documents: • Postcard - V&A museum, July 2014 - view
• Preview invitation - V&A Museum, July 2014 - view