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    'Volcán Osorno / Osorno Volcano', by Taller Fundación Solidaridad. (Photo: Colin Peck)

    'Volcán Osorno / Osorno Volcano', by Taller Fundación Solidaridad. (Photo: Colin Peck)


    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
    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