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Front cover of catalogue 'Stitching Peace / Tisser la Paix'. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

Front cover of catalogue 'Stitching Peace / Tisser la Paix'. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Exhibition and associated activities:Stitching Peace: An exhibition of Arpilleras and Quilts
Description: This exhibition was commissioned as part of the World Council of Churches International Ecumenical Peace Convocation to mark the end of the Decade to Overcome Violence, which began in 2001. This collection, "Stitching Peace", draws together a selection of arpilleras and quilts from Latin America, Africa and Europe that epitomize some of the important focal points of any discussion of a peaceful society. All the tapestries speak to the social justice concerns that radiate out from violent conflict, such as, poverty, hunger, displacement and unemployment.

Alongside these are quilts that juxtapose the chaos of conflict with the ordinariness of daily life, but reveal the hope that is sustained during times of war. Furthermore, this collection draws on a concept of peace that draws attention to a "bigger picture" of a peaceful society: environmental degradation and quality of life issues, such as domestic violence, migration and debt. It also depicts the use of non-violent actions as a way to address urgent social issues
Commissioned by: World Council of Churches (WCC)
Date(s): 16th February 2011 - 18th March 2011
Venue: Geneva, Switzerland
150 Route de Ferney 1211, Geneva 2, Switzerland
Curator: Roberta Bacic
Facilitator: World Council of Churches (WCC)
Outcome: In the words of Roberta Bacic this exhibition presented “a ‘bigger picture’ of a peaceful society and prompted reflection on the use of nonviolent actions as a way to address urgent social issues.

Documents: • 'Stiching Peace', List of textiles - view
• World Council of Churches Web page notice - view
• Stitching Peace: An Exhibition of Arpilleras - view
• Exhibition Catalogue in English/German - view

Textiles Displayed:The People make the city
¿Quién carga con la deuda externa? / Who Carries the External Debt?
Los precios están por las nubes / Prices are sky high
Overdue, Overdrawn, Over-extended: Rural Poverty in Ireland
The Africa Quilt
Peace Dove
Events of 1998
Shared Visions
Queremos Democracia / We want democracy
Olla común en una población / Soup Kitchen in a barrio
Marcha de las mujeres de los mineros
Hogar Dulce Hogar / Home Sweet Home
Violencia Doméstica / Domestic Violence
Mi Trabajo en el Mercado / My work in the Market
Nuestra carnicería / Our Butcher's
Taller de calzados / Shoe repair workshop
Corte de agua 2 / Water cut 2
Lavandería Santa María / Santa María Launderette
Vareando las Aceitunas / Knocking down the Olives
Our Allotments, the Pride of New Barns
Toma de terrenos en los barrios de Lima / Squatters in the shantytowns of Lima
Baile Puneño / Puno Folk Dance
Vamos a la playa en micro / Let's go to the beach by bus
Will there be poppies, daisies and apples when I grow up?
No contaminar / Do not pollute
Los Mapuche / The Mapuche
Mapa de Chile / Map of Chile
Escuelita de Otavalo / Otavalo Primary School
Daily Life in Zambia
Nuestro Taller de Arpilleras / Our Arpilleras Workshop
Peace with the Earth