Friday, 30 September 2022

Textile Details

'Paz Justicia Libertad / Peace Justice Freedom', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
'Paz Justicia Libertad / Peace Justice Freedom', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

 

Title of Textile:Paz - Justicia - Libertad / Peace - Justice - Freedom
Maker: Anonymous
Country of Origin: Chile
Year Produced: 1978c
Size (cm): 49cm x 39cm
Materials: Scraps of materials and clothing of disappeared husband hand sewn on flour sack
Type of Textile: Arpillera
Description:

In this arpillera the local community are actively protesting against the Pinochet dictatorship, which by the late 1970s had become synonymous with arbitrary detentions, torture, disappearances, executions, assassinations and forced exile. Some defiantly clash cymbals in front of a police car. Others carry leaflets publicising a campaign to find their disappeared relatives. Fully aware of the likely consequences of their actions they continue to demand “Peace”, “Justice” and “Freedom”.

The material used makes this piece particularly poignant. The dark grey background is from the trousers of a disappeared man and the road from the checked fabric shirt of another. Reflecting on this practice, which was born out of necessity, an arpillerista tells Roberta Bacic: "I can remember us using the trousers, shirts, pullovers, pyjamas and even socks of our disappeared to sew and stitch our arpilleras." (Bacic in Agosín,”Stitching Resistance Women, Creativity and Fiber Crafts” (2014), p67).

Since its creation by an annonymous arpillerista in the late 1970s, this piece has travelled widely. From the time it was first displayed in The Politics of Chilean Arpilleras in Derry / Londonderry (2008), it has challenged and engaged people through exhibitions, seminars and workshops in 15 countries/jurisdictions: Argentina, Brazil, Basque Country, England, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, USA and Wales.

Owner: Conflict Textiles collection. Provenance Alba Sanfeliú, Spain. Alba received it from Rosario Miralles
Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Martin Melaugh



Textile exhibited at: The Politics of Chilean Arpilleras, 6/02/2008 - 19/04/2008
Chilean Arpilleras , 11/09/2008 - 11/10/2008
The Politics of Chilean Arpilleras, 23/09/2008 - 23/09/2008
L'art de la supervivència: les veus de la resistència de les dones xilenes, 4/11/2008 - 12/12/2008
Arpilleras that Cry Out, 22/06/2009 - 10/07/2009
The Human Cost of War, 8/11/2009 - 21/11/2009
Arpilleras: Voices on Tapestries, 8/03/2010 - 31/03/2010
Arpilleras: Embajadoras para el Bicentenario Quilts/Arpilleras: Ambassadors for the B, 14/04/2010 - 20/05/2010
Exhibit of Chilean Arpilleras, 20/05/2010 - 22/05/2010
Stitching Resistance, 12/10/2010 - 16/01/2011
The Human Cost of War - An Exhibition of Quilts and Arpilleras, 4/11/2010 - 15/01/2011
Arpilleras e resistência política no Chile , 30/07/2011 - 30/10/2011
Transforming threads of resistance, 27/02/2012 - 9/03/2012
Arpilleras of Chilean political resistance , 22/03/2012 - 5/06/2012
ÜberlebensKunst - Konfliktbearbeitung durch textile Bilder, 12/07/2012 - 26/08/2012
Stitching and Unstitching The Troubles-phase 1, 5/09/2012 - 29/09/2012
Arpilleras in contested spaces, 3/09/2013 - 6/09/2013
RETAZOS TESTIMONIALES: arpilleras de Chile y otras latitudes, 28/09/2013 - 10/11/2013
SMALL Actions BIG Movements, 1/07/2014 - 11/07/2014
COSIENDO PAZ: Conflicto, Arpilleras, Memoria , 26/03/2015 - 30/09/2015
COSIENDO PAZ: Conflicto, Arpilleras, Memoria, 8/10/2015 - 4/04/2016
COSIENDO PAZ: Conflicto, Arpilleras, Memoria STITCHING PEACE: Conflict, Arpilleras, M, 13/04/2016 - 12/06/2016
Stitched Legacies of Conflicts , 7/10/2016 - 26/11/2016
Stitching Memoryscape 「記憶風景を縫う」, 30/05/2017 - 12/06/2017
Stitching Memoryscape 「記憶風景を縫う」, 1/07/2017 - 9/07/2017
Stitching Memoryscape 「記憶風景を縫う」, 29/08/2017 - 3/09/2017
Arpillera Doll Making Workshop, 1/12/2017 - 1/12/2017
Arpilerak: Memoriaren Haritik Etorkizuna Josten / Arpilleras: Al Hilo De La Memoria, 12/04/2018 - 24/04/2018
ARIPILLERAS: AL HILO DE LA MEMORIA, TEJIENDO FUTURO / Arpilleras: Knitting the Future, 25/04/2018 - 30/05/2018
Threads, War and Conflict, 3/04/2019 - 29/04/2019
Chile 1973 , 22/02/2020 - 22/02/2020
Following the footsteps of the disappeared, 30/08/2020 - 30/08/2021
Following the Footsteps of the Disappeared 2021, 31/08/2021 - 20/12/2021
Tras las huellas de los/as desaparecidos/as, 10/01/2022 - 5/02/2022
Narrativas textiles: Tramas de dolor y empatía en América Latina / Textile Narratives, 5/09/2022 - 8/09/2022



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