Monday, 3 October 2022

Textile Details

'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: Recycled furnishing fabrics and clothing
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 , 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
Sewing Resistance to Militarism: Arpilleras and other transnational textiles, 14/11/2021 - 14/11/2021



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)