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    '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
    Description:

    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 STITCHING PEACE: Conflict, Arpilleras, M, 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. Relatos y correlatos textiles sobre reconciliación en Colombia, 20/05/2020 - 20/08/2020



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