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    'Recuerdos de trabajo y Guerra / Memories of work and war', by Rosa Cortés García, Women Sewing History Workshop, Badalona. (Photo: Roser Corbera)
    'Recuerdos de trabajo y Guerra / Memories of work and war', by Rosa Cortés García, Women Sewing History Workshop, Badalona. (Photo: Roser Corbera)

     

    Title of Textile:Recuerdos de Trabajo y Guerra / Memories of Work and War
    Maker: Rosa Cortés García, Women Sewing History Workshop
    Country of Origin: Catalonia / Spain
    Year Produced: 2009
    Size (cm): Standard size
    Materials: Scraps of material hand and machine sewn onto fabric backing
    Type of Textile: Arpillera
    Description:

    Inspired by her father's memories of the terrible hardship he suffered during the Spanish Civil War, Rosa's arpillera, in the lower section, depicts his imprisonment in a concentration camp in the Andalusia city of Seville.

    In the upper part of the arpillera, Rosa portrays her personal experiences from the post-war period. Like many poor and illiterate women, she endured very harsh working conditions: "I worked wrapping oranges in paper for export. When we weren't doing that, they made us peel the bitter ones and put the skins out in the sun to dry. They were used to make gunpowder. I was paid hardly anything."

    Through these stories and personal experiences we see the human cost of war. On the one hand, via stories passed down from one generation to another, there is the violation of human rights of those who resisted; and, on the other, via the experiences of the maker, the consequences suffered by women in their daily lives in an oppressive state. The struggle for justice, especially for families who lost loved ones during this time, still continues.

    Owner: Fundiació Ateneu Sant Roc collection
    Location: Fundació Ateneu Sant Roc, Catalonia/Spain
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Roser Corbera



    Textile exhibited at: The Human Cost of War, 8/11/2009 - 21/11/2009
    Transforming threads of resistance, 27/02/2012 - 9/03/2012
    ÜberlebensKunst - Konfliktbearbeitung durch textile Bilder, 12/07/2012 - 26/08/2012
    Stitching and Unstitching The Troubles-phase 1, 5/09/2012 - 29/09/2012



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