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    'Broken Rifle 2', by Irene MacWilliam. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

    'Broken Rifle 2', by Irene MacWilliam. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


    Online exhibition and associated activities:Nonviolence in Action: Antimilitarism in the 21st Century
    Description: War Resisters' International (WRI) is a global network of grassroots antimilitarist and pacifist groups, working together for a world without war. Founded in 1921, it now has over 90 affiliated groups in 40 countries committed to their founding declaration which states that: “War is a crime against humanity. I am therefore determined not to support any kind of war, and to strive for the removal of all causes of war..,”

    This exhibition available online at WRI, is one of a series of global events marking the centenary of WRI. It is comprised of 28 textiles. These arpilleras, quilts and wall hangings bring us face to face with the courageous denouncement, resistance and non violent actions of many of us in various continents who, with our families and communities have experienced the human cost of war. The textile Centenary 2021 War Resisters' International/ Internacional de Resistentes a la Guerra has been specially commissioned to mark the centennial.

    The online launch, which featured a guided tour of Conflict Textiles exhibition pieces, took place on Thursday 25th March, 1.30 - 2.30pm (UK time). To access the launch webinar click here

    Throughout the exhibition programme, Conflict Textiles facilitated/contributed to several events:
    -Conflict textiles webinar marking the centenary of War Resisters International, 17:00-19:00, 9th September 2021 facilitated by Roberta Bacic. Macht mit anstatt Macht über: Widerstand für eine gerechte Welt ist möglich! / Power with, not power over: Resisting for justice in the World is possible!
    -Conversatorio: Tejiendo Resistencia Antimilitarista y Noviolenta a la Guerra, 7 de octubre: 10 am – 11:30m (hora Colombia) 5pm – 6:30pm (hora Madrid, España) 4pm - 5:30pm (hora Reino Unido).
    -Sewing Resistance to Militarism: Arpilleras and other transnational textiles, 7 - 8.30pm (UK time); 2-3.30pm (US Eastern time); 11 - 12.30pm (US Pacific time), 14th November.
    -Nonviolence in Action: online Conference, 20 - 28 November, 2021. Roberta Bacic presented at the opening Plenary titled "100 years resisting war and its causes", 2-4pm, 20th November.

    Five planned and several informal guided tours by affiliates and associates of WRI were facilitated. They were delivered in English, Spanish and German.

    Web links:
    Internacional de Resistentes a la Guerra (Spanish)
    Internationale der KriegsdienstgegnerInnen (German)
    Internationale des Résistant(e)s à la Guerre (French)
    Commissioned by: Conflict Textiles
    Date(s): 24th March 2021 - 31st December 2021
    Venue: Online
    Curator: Roberta Bacic, assisted by Breege Doherty
    Facilitator: WRI London Office

    Documents: • Textile list: WRI 2021 - view
    • Flier: Conference plenary, 20 Nov (English) - view
    • Flier: Conference plenary, 20 Nov (Spanish) - view
    • Plenary presentation, R. Bacic, 20 Nov - view

    Textiles Displayed:Broken Rifle 2
    Soldiers back from the wars
    Executed at dawn
    Lost children of war
    Libertad a los presos políticos / Freedom for the political prisoners
    Walking to Death
    Exilio de los Republicanos cruzando los Pirineos
    Blutspur / Blood trail
    Auf der Flucht 1945 / Fleeing in 1945
    Aleppo school / Escuela en Aleppo, Siria
    ¿Dónde están? / Where are they?
    Exilio ll / Exile II (Woman mourning those who have been exiled)
    Digital Death
    En el lado “bueno” de la valla / On the “Good" Side of the Fence
    La guerra y las distintas formas de padecerla
    Desplazamiento / Displacement
    Centro de Torturas Cuatro Alamos / Cuatro Alamos torture centre
    Peace Quilt - Common Loss
    En Chile se tortura / Demonstration against torture
    Movimiento contra la tortura / Movement against torture
    La Cueca Sola / Dancing Cueca alone
    Hornos de Lonquén / Lime kilns of Lonquén
    Violar es un crimen / Rape is a crime
    No going back
    SMALL Actions BIG Movements
    Centenary 2021 War Resisters' International/ Internacional de Resistentes a la Guerra