Monday, 3 October 2022

Textile Details

'El Alcalde No nos Escucha / The Mayor does not Listen', Anonymous. (Photo: Gaby Franger)
'El Alcalde No nos Escucha / The Mayor does not Listen', Anonymous. (Photo: Gaby Franger)

 

Title of Textile:El Alcalde No nos Escucha / The Mayor does not Listen
Maker: Anonymous
Country of Origin: Peru (Cusco)
Year Produced: 1987
Size (cm): Standard
Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera
Description:

Here, the villagers have taken to the streets to demand that their local governing body guarantee their basic needs so that they can live a normal life.

These local people have not been listened to, so their only option was to demonstrate publicly. They have clearly decided to act as a group to solve their problems, in spite of the police trying to stop them. Their banners make it clear that they lack clean water, sewage and basic food. There is a marked contrast between the heavy dark coloured back of the policeman and the light and cheerful appearance of the protestors.

This arpillera uses unusual colours, though it keeps the classical pattern of mountains in the background and a bright sun that shines for all. In this case the sun resembles a star.

Owner: Private
Location: Germany
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Gaby Franger



Textile exhibited at: Peruvian Arpilleras that tell a story, cry out, challenge and question, 7/02/2009 - 6/04/2009



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