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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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