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    'Auf der Flucht 1945 / Fleeing in 1945', by Mara Loytved-Hardegg. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

    'Auf der Flucht 1945 / Fleeing in 1945', by Mara Loytved-Hardegg. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


    Exhibition and associated activities:Suitcases: Telling Textile Travels
    Description: A belief that arts can inspire social change and enhance inclusion and cultural integration of refugees & migrants is central to the mission of Counterpoints Arts (CA) a leading UK organisation in the field of arts, migration and cultural change. In partnership with other organisation across the UK, Counterpoints Arts manages Platforma, a network of groups and artists whose work examines the varied experiences of refugees. Beginning in 2011, a biennial Platforma festival has taken place in a different part of England. Platforma 6 will take place across Yorkshire in October 2021 with Conflict Textiles as a collaborating partner.

    Conflict Textiles input is comprised of three core elements:
    1) "Suitcases: Telling Textile Travels" online exhibition which will incorporate over 20 international textiles from the Conflict Textiles collection focused on global displacement, both historical and current, its multiple impacts and the experiences of refugees both before and after they arrive and settle in their host country.
    2) A 10 minute film, which will offer an in depth insight to the textiles. It will bridge the gap between viewing them in an actual physical exhibition and online, in that it will emphasise their three dimensional, tactile nature and facilitate greater engagement by the viewer.
    3) Online guided tour

    Several Conflict Textiles initiatives taking place in the context of UK Refugee week 2021, (14 -20th June) “We Cannot Walk Alone” and World Refugee Day, (20th June) “Every Action Counts”, will feed into and enrich our contribution to Platforma 6:
    1) WE CANNOT WALK ALONE – Refugee week 2021. In this online workshop programme (Limavady, Northern Ireland), participants will create arpillera dolls responding to the theme “We Cannot Walk Alone”. The finished dolls will form a collective banner which will journey to the participating groups during refugee week.
    2) Every Action Counts – Making arpillera dolls. In this workshop hosted by Letterkenny Amnesty group, (Donegal, Republic of Ireland) participants will make a doll for local refugee families, as a gesture of welcome and in the spirit of World Refugee Day 2021.
    3) Similar solidarity events are taking place in Argentina “Caminemos Juntos” (let us walk together) , Germany “Gemeinsam mutig!“ (brave together) and Catalonia: Caminem junts (In Catalan); Caminemos juntos (In Spanish).
    Commissioned by: Counterpoints Arts (CA)
    Date(s): 4th October 2021 - 29th October 2021
    Venue: Online
    Yorkshire, England
    Curator: Roberta Bacic and Breege Doherty
    Facilitator: Tom Green, Counterpoints Arts


    Textiles Displayed:Displacement
    The word caused the outbreak of war - “Freedom“
    Després de les onades / Después de las olas / After the waves
    Auf der Flucht 1945 / Fleeing in 1945
    Desplazamiento / Displacement
    Toma de terrenos en los barrios de Lima / Squatters in the shantytowns of Lima
    La Maternidad de Elna / Mothers of Elne
    En el lado “bueno” de la valla 2 / On the “Good" Side of the Fence 2
    Welches Kind lass ich zurück? / Which Child do I leave behind?
    DESIGUALDAD / Inequality
    The People make the city
    LA BODA DE MI HIJA / My daughter’s wedding
    Landmines / Campos Minados
    Digital Death
    Una Mirada a mi Tierra Desde el Barco / A Look to my Homeland from the Boat
    Bienvenida a las personas refugiadas - Pancarta para acciones no-violentas
    Bienvenida a las personas refugiadas - Identificándose con ellas
    NO MAS / No more