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    'Soldiers back from the wars - Arpillera trilogy' by Linda Adams. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
    'Soldiers back from the wars - Arpillera trilogy' by Linda Adams. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

     

    Title of Textile:Soldiers back from the wars - Arpillera trilogy
    Maker: Linda Adams
    Country of Origin: England
    Year Produced: 2010
    Size (cm): 116cm (w) x 99 (l)
    Materials: Scraps of materials hand sewn onto burlap
    Type of Textile: Arpillera
    Description:

    In order to make this trilogy - Attack, Return, Ghost - Linda interviewed local men who had survived war. She then expressed her understanding of the personal cost of war to them, both during the fighting and on their return home, through the arpillera medium.

    Attack shows the aftermath of an attack next to the barracks. Fighter jets fly overhead, plumes of smoke fill the sky and the soldiers lie injured or dead.

    Ghost portrays fears, nightmares about, and flashbacks to the war, and suicidal behaviour - all elements of post traumatic stress disorder.

    Return depicts the life of a soldier, back home from the war, living rough on the streets, seeking solace in alcohol, undoubtedly finding it difficult, if not impossible, to return to civilian life.

    This trilogy of arpilleras, which depicts the horrors of the aftermath of war for ex-soldiers, has resonance in many post conflict zones today. As Linda states: “Although in these pieces I did focus on the story of the ex-servicemen who have come back and who are living rough in my area, they are meant to tell the story of the hopelessness faced by those coming home from any war. I have read many accounts of what it was like in other countries, as well as the stories told to me, and they always follow the same pattern.”

    The text stitched by Linda at the bottom of the arpillera titled Return is a chilling reminder of the futility of war and the cost in human terms: “For the veterans and their loved ones, the war was only the start of the nightmare”.

    View animated image of the textile trilogy - click for larger image:

    Owner: Conflict Textiles collection
    Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Martin Melaugh



    Textile exhibited at: The Human Cost of War - An Exhibition of Quilts and Arpilleras, 4/11/2010 - 15/01/2011
    The poetry of arpilleras, 31/05/2011 - 3/06/2011
    ÜberlebensKunst - Konfliktbearbeitung durch textile Bilder, 12/07/2012 - 26/08/2012
    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
    Stitching Memoryscape 「記憶風景を縫う」, 30/05/2017 - 12/06/2017
    Stitching Memoryscape 「記憶風景を縫う」, 1/07/2017 - 9/07/2017
    Stitching Memoryscape 「記憶風景を縫う」, 29/08/2017 - 3/09/2017
    Tkanine otpora: glasovi žena / Textiles of Resistance: Women's Voices , 14/09/2019 - 30/09/2019
    (Des) Tejiendo Miradas / (Un-) Stitching Gazes , 15/01/2021 - 1/03/2021
    Nonviolence in Action: Antimilitarism in the 21st Century, 24/03/2021 - 31/12/2021



    Textile Detail Image(s)

      'Soldiers back from the wars' by Linda Adams. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)  English Arpillera: Soldiers back from the wars (attack). (Photo: Martin Melaugh)  English Arpillera: Soldiers back from the wars (ghost). (Photo: Martin Melaugh)  English Arpillera: Soldiers back from the wars (return). (Photo: Martin Melaugh)