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    'Violar es un crimen / Rape is a crime', MH, Mujeres Creativas workshop. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
    'Violar es un crimen / Rape is a crime', MH, Mujeres Creativas workshop. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


    Title of Textile:Violar es un crimen / Rape is a crime
    Maker: MH, Mujeres Creativas workshop
    Country of Origin: Peru
    Year Produced: 2008
    Size (cm): 48cm x 41cm
    Materials: Burlap backing and scrap materials hand sewn onto it
    Type of Textile: Arpillera

    This arpillera, a replica of the original made in a Mujeras Creativas workshop in 1985, depicts a protest by five courageous Lima women, denouncing the rape and forced resettlement of Ayacucho village women, during the civil war in Peru from 1980 to 2000. During this violent period, over 600,000 people were displaced as a result of the armed conflict between the government, self defence groups and insurgent forces of the Shining Path and the Tupac Amaru Resistance Movement.

    Maria, who created this piece, remembers: “In October 1985 many people were killed in Ayacucho and women were raped, but nobody protested. Two groups of us decided to demonstrate in front of Comando Conjunto (Joint Military Command) in Lima since the people … living in Ayacucho felt too vulnerable to do so …. We displayed a banner … ‘Rape is a crime’. .. Five of us decided to make an arpillera of our action to show we do not condone such brutality.”

    A report by the International Centre for Transitional Justice (2013) states that 2,591 women have been registered by the National Reparations Council (NRC) as victims of rape and sexually violent incidents, perpetrated during the civil war.


    Owner: Conflict Textiles collection
    Location: Fundació Ateneu Sant Roc (Badalona)
    Original / Replica: Replica
    Photographer: Martin Melaugh

    Textile exhibited at: Finding Our Voices -The Power of Arpilleras, 26/09/2009 - 30/10/2009
    The Human Cost of War, 8/11/2009 - 21/11/2009
    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 and the Poetry of Survival, 10/05/2011 - 9/06/2011
    Transforming threads of resistance, 27/02/2012 - 9/03/2012
    Stitching and Unstitching The Troubles-phase 1, 5/09/2012 - 29/09/2012
    RETAZOS TESTIMONIALES: arpilleras de Chile y otras latitudes, 28/09/2013 - 10/11/2013
    Women 31 , 7/03/2014 - 15/04/2014
    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
    Textile Language of Conflicts, 6/11/2017 - 10/11/2017
    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
    Nonviolence in Action: Antimilitarism in the 21st Century, 24/03/2021 - 31/12/2021
    Sewing Resistance to Militarism: Arpilleras and other transnational textiles, 14/11/2021 - 14/11/2021

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