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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