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    The exhibition team from the Department of International politics at the launch: (L - R) Danielle House, Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara, Roberta Bacic, Curator; Christine Andrä, Lydia Cole and Breege Doherty, Assistant Curator. (Photo: Elsie Dolan)

    The exhibition team from the Department of International politics at the launch: (L - R) Danielle House, Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara, Roberta Bacic, Curator; Christine Andrä, Lydia Cole and Breege Doherty, Assistant Curator. (Photo: Elsie Dolan)


    Exhibition and associated activities:Stitched Voices / Lleisiau wedi eu Pwytho
    Description: This exhibition is dedicated to textile narratives of struggles against violence, injustice, oppression and forgetting; from Wales, Chile, Mexico, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Spain, Colombia and Germany. The core of the exhibition consists of textiles from the international Conflict Textiles collection. Additionally, there are two thematic sections, with textiles from Wales and Mexico, which speak to the topics of conflict, injustice, solidarity and protest. The Wales section is comprised of Welsh quilts and sewn banners from local artists and activists on topics of peace, protest and solidarity. The Mexico section includes embroidered handkerchiefs, which have been created by the ‘Embroidering for Peace’ movement, expressing local resistance against the current violence and impunity in Mexico and the solidarity of people around the world with the victims and bereaved of this violence.

    An associated programme of activities such as textile workshops, film screenings, and roundtable discussions about textile art, politics, violence and resistance will take place from January to May 2017. Events will involve contributions from, and reach out to, Welsh textile artists, community groups interested in textiles and/or peace, schools in Mid-Wales, as well as Aberystwyth University student societies and academic departments, including the School of Arts.

    The exhibition and associated programme is organised by Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara, Christine Andrä, Lydia Cole, and Danielle House, Department of International politics, Aberystwyth University in cooperation with Aberystwyth Art Centre.

    Local contributions include the Ceredigion Museum, Eileen Harrisson, School of Art, Aberystwyth University, and Becky Knight (textile artist, Aberystwyth), among many others.

    Web links:
    Wales One World film festival - Programme for "Voices of Protest" strand
    Stitched Voices - Twitter
    A video recording of "Human Threads" a poem by Damian Gorman composed for the exhibition
    Stitched Voices - Facebook
    Stitched Voices - Blog
    Commissioned by: Aberystwyth University, Department of International Politics
    Date(s): 25th March 2017 - 13th May 2017
    Venue: Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University, Wales
    Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3DE, Wales
    Curator: Roberta Bacic, curator; Breege Doherty, assistant curator
    Facilitator: Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara & colleagues from the Dept. of International Politics
    Outcome: The exhibition and events programme aim at inspiring a long-term interest among local textile groups in politics-related themes, and at fostering understanding among politically interested persons and academics of the value of a serious engagement with textiles as sources and archives of ‘stitched voices of resistance’. As a more tangible result, the facilitators plan to voice their experiences of the entire process through the medium of arpillera.

    Documents: • Planning meeting update, Wales, June 2016 - view
    • List of textiles - Aberystwyth, Wales, 2017 - view
    • Bordando por la Paz y la Memoria - Update - view
    • Press release - Stitched Voices - view
    • Aberystwyth Clothesline project - IWD event - view
    • Press release - Lleisiau wedi eu Pwytho - view
    • Stitched Voices - Postcards (four) - view
    • Exhibition flyer - Stitched Voices - view
    • Stitched Voices Programme - Bookmark - view
    • Gallery guide - Stitched Voices - view
    • Workshop: Making an arpillera doll - 25th Mar - view
    • Poems & stories: D.Gorman; E.Harrisson, 20Apr - view
    • Article in 'Aberystwyth Ego', March 2017 - view
    • Stitched Voices - New Welsh Review, Apr. 2017 - view
    • Article in 'Golwg', March 2017, (Welsh) - view
    • Lecture: Human Rights, Human Remains, 2nd May - view
    • Workshop: How to Make a Protest Banner, 5 May - view
    • Roundtable: Women's Activism/Resistance,5 May - view
    • Workshop: Unacknowledged Voices, 12-13th May - view
    • Poster: Unacknowledged Voices, 12-13th May - view
    • Poster: Centenary Arpillera workshop-13th May - view
    • Roundtable: Women's Activism - update - view
    • Review: Embroidery - Textile Art, July/Aug'17 - view

    Textiles Displayed:Hilvanando la busqueda / Stitching the search
    Movimiento contra la tortura / Movement against torture
    Centro de Torturas Cuatro Alamos / Cuatro Alamos torture centre
    Sala de torturas / Torture chamber
    Juan Pablo te esperamos / John Paul we are waiting for you
    La Cueca Sola / Dancing Cueca alone
    Hay Golpe de Estado / There is a Coup d'Etat
    Verdulería en la población / Greengrocers in a población
    The Side of the Wall
    Pub Bombing, Waterfoot, Cushendall
    No a la impunidad / No to impunity
    The People make the city
    Digital Death
    Cimarrón / Runaway slave
    Queremos Democracia / We want democracy
    Cacerolazo / Women banging their pots
    Encadenamiento / Women Chained to Parliament Gates
    It’s No ******* Computer Game!!
    We are seeds
    The Peace Ribbon
    Embroidered Mexican Pañuelos / Handkerchiefs
    Anti Apartheid
    La larga espera de las mujeres de luto / Long wait of the mourning women
    En el lado “bueno” de la valla 2 / On the “Good" Side of the Fence 2