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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 of arpilleras, Linda interviewed local men who had survived war. Attack, Return and Ghost is her understanding of the personal cost of war to them and the horrors of its aftermath for ex-soldiers. Although focused on her local area, these images have resonance in many post conflict zones today. As Linda states: “… these pieces… tell the story of the hopelessness faced by those coming home from any war. [The stories] always follow the same pattern.”

    The text stitched at the bottom of the arpillera 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
    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. Relatos y correlatos textiles sobre reconciliación en Colombia, 20/05/2020 - 20/08/2020



    Textile Detail Image(s)

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