Sunday, 29 January 2023

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'Encuentro communal; Pedimos solución / Community meeting; We want solutions', 
Elisabeth Basilio from Meeting Communal, Peru. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
'Encuentro communal; Pedimos solución / Community meeting; We want solutions', Elisabeth Basilio from Meeting Communal, Peru. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

 

Title of Textile:Encuentro communal; Pedimos solución / Community meeting; We want solutions
Maker: Elisabeth Basilio from Meeting Communal
Country of Origin: Peru
Year Produced: 1987
Size (cm): 50cm x 55cm
Materials: Scraps of material handsewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera
Description:

These Peruvian villagers have taken to the streets to demand that their local governing body guarantee their needs and enable them to live a normal life. The banner at the front proclaims: "Communal meeting: Long Live Peru!" The other banners state:

"The Mayor does not want to see us!"
"We demand solutions!"
"We have no sewage!"
"We want water!"
"We want electricity!"
"We have no mobility!"

These indigenous people have not been listened to or consulted so they opted to demonstrate in the streets. They proudly identify themselves as indigenous by wearing their traditional clothing and plaiting their hair in the characteristic way of the Andean people. They also identify themselves as "Meeting Communal", the name of their group. They have clearly decided to act as a group to solve their problems.

This arpillera uses unusual colours, although it keeps the classical pattern of mountains in the background and a radiant sun that shines for all.

Owner: Private
Location: Germany
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Martin Melaugh





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