Tuesday, 4 October 2022

Textile Details

'Queremos Democracia / We want democracy', Anonymous, Vicaría de la Solidaridad workshop. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
'Queremos Democracia / We want democracy', Anonymous, Vicaría de la Solidaridad workshop. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Title of Textile:Queremos Democracia / We want democracy
Maker: Anonymous, Vicaría de la Solidaridad
Country of Origin: Chile
Year Produced: 1988
Size (cm): 47cm x 37cm
Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera

This arpillera, from a Chilean church community workshop, depicts the "people's power" in insisting on their rights to a peaceful, non violent society. The bright colours of the houses and the women's clothes convey hope. However, the presence of the police car reminds us that overcoming the barriers to poverty and peace are not easy. In this difficult context they carry a banner that reads "democracy" hoping that if this is achieved, things will change. They want to be part of the process.

However, Agosin (2008) maintains that women were not given due recognition in the new democracy: "democracy has not acknowledged the significance of the arpilleristas and other women's groups who had a fundamental role to play in the return of democracy."

Owner: Conflict Textiles collection. Provenance Sean Carroll, USA
Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Martin Melaugh

Textile exhibited at: Arpilleras / Quilts that cry out, challenge and question, 12/11/2008 - 14/11/2008
The Politics of Chilean Arpilleras II, 2/03/2009 - 31/03/2009
Stitching Peace: An exhibition of Arpilleras and Quilts, 16/02/2011 - 18/03/2011
Stitching Peace: An exhibition of arpilleras and quilts, 17/05/2011 - 25/05/2011
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
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 , 13/04/2016 - 12/06/2016
Stitched Voices / Lleisiau wedi eu Pwytho, 25/03/2017 - 13/05/2017
Stitched Voices: Knowing conflict through textiles, 17/11/2017 - 20/12/2017
Stitched Voices - textila berättelse om politisk våld och motstånd , 29/08/2018 - 21/04/2019
(Des) Tejiendo Miradas / (Un-) Stitching Gazes , 15/01/2021 - 1/03/2021

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