Wednesday, 21 February 2024

Event Details

'Volcán Osorno / Osorno Volcano', by Taller Fundación Solidaridad. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

'Volcán Osorno / Osorno Volcano', by Taller Fundación Solidaridad. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Exhibition and associated activities:Arpilleras: Embajadoras para el Bicentenario / Quilts/Arpilleras: Ambassadors for the Bicentennial
Description: This exhibition, commissioned by the Consulate General of Chile, featured 22 arpilleras.
Patricio Damm van der Valk, Consul General of Chile in New York, eloquently stated the purpose of this exhibition in the catalogue foreword as ”bringing humanity, and letting these women [arpilleristas] without a voice be heard, express[ing] their lamentations as well as their songs of hope”. She revisited the origins of this exhibition, recounting how Roberta retrieved some of these textiles from her office in London; damp, musty pieces which were carefully wrapped in a plastic bag. These arpilleras then journeyed to Northern Ireland with Roberta, appearing in several exhibitions before making the transatlantic journey for this exhibition in New York, a city described by Patricio as “perhaps the most different and diametrically opposite city from Isla Negra- the crib of these Arpilleras”.
Commissioned by: Consulate General of Chile
Date(s): 14th April 2010 - 20th May 2010
Venue: Gabriela Mistral Hall, Consulate General of Chile
866 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017-1822USA
Curator: Roberta Bacic
Facilitator: Chilean Embassy

Documents: • Exhibition invitation, April 2010 - view
• Exhibition catalogue - view
• Closing Charity event - poster, May 2010 - view

Textiles Displayed:Armonía entre la vida y el medio ambiente/Harmony between Life and Environment
La Gente Necesita Trabajar / People Need Work
Al Servicio de la vida / Servicing life
Encadenamiento / Women chained to Parliament gates
Tenemos que vivir bajo llaves / We have to live behind closed doors
Panfleteando en el 1979 en Santiago / Leafleting in Santiago in 1979
Paz - Justicia - Libertad / Peace - Justice - Freedom
La Cueca Sola / Dancing Cueca Alone
Homenaje a los caídos / Homage to the fallen ones
Corte de agua / Water cut
Arpilleristas y cartoneros / Arpillerista women and cardboard collectors
Fin de semana en una población / Weekend in a población
Volcán Osorno / Osorno Volcano
Hogar Dulce Hogar / Home Sweet Home
Violencia Doméstica / Domestic Violence
Los precios están por las nubes / Prices are sky high
Escuelita de Otavalo / Otavalo Primary School
Cruce de Caminos / Crossing Pathways
Our Allotments, the Pride of New Barns
Life as We Know It
Will there be poppies, daisies and apples when I grow up?
The great Irish famine 1845 - 1852