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    'Encadenamiento / Women Chained to Parliament Gates' Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
    'Encadenamiento / Women Chained to Parliament Gates' Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


    Title of Textile:Encadenamiento / Women Chained to Parliament Gates
    Maker: Anonymous
    Country of Origin: Chile
    Year Produced: 1980s
    Size (cm): 48cm x 38cm
    Materials: Scraps of material,hand sewn onto flour sack
    Type of Textile: Arpillera

    Here, a group of women have chained themselves to the gates in front of the Congress in protest at the actions of the Pinochet regime, particularly the disappearance of their loved ones. With their lives in turmoil, they are denouncing the actions of the dictatorship in the public sphere and immortalizing these actions with needle and thread in their workshops run by Vicaría de la Solidaridad. For this act of civil disobedience, all of the women who took part in the protest were detained for five days.

    When asked how they found the strength to keep going, their replies emphasise not just the depth of their suffering but also their resilience: “We’ve been hit by so many blows in life. We might as well be out on the frontlines now because many of us have nothing more to lose.” (Agosín, 2008)

    Owner: Conflict Textiles collection. Provenance Arpillera collection, Kinderhilfe, Chile/Bonn
    Location: Deborah Stockdale, Donegal, Ireland
    Original / Replica: original
    Photographer: Martin Melaugh

    Textile exhibited at: Cultural Stories in Textiles, 25/02/2010 - 27/02/2010
    ÜberlebensKunst - Konfliktbearbeitung durch textile Bilder, 12/07/2012 - 26/08/2012
    Stitching and Unstitching The Troubles-phase 1, 5/09/2012 - 29/09/2012
    Stitching and Unstitching The Troubles-phase 2, 13/04/2013 - 29/06/2013
    Arpilleras in contested spaces, 3/09/2013 - 6/09/2013
    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, 8/10/2015 - 4/04/2016
    COSIENDO PAZ: Conflicto, Arpilleras, Memoria STITCHING PEACE: Conflict, Arpilleras, M, 13/04/2016 - 12/06/2016
    Stitched Voices / Lleisiau wedi eu Pwytho, 25/03/2017 - 13/05/2017
    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
    Stitched Voices - textila berättelse om politisk våld och motstånd , 29/08/2018 - 21/04/2019
    II encuentro internacional de arte textil y resistencia, 22/08/2019 - 24/08/2019
    Tras las huellas de los/as desaparecidos/as , 29/08/2019 - 31/08/2019
    Following the footsteps of the disappeared, 30/08/2020 - 30/08/2021
    Following the Footsteps of the Disappeared 2021, 31/08/2021 - 20/12/2021
    Macht mit anstatt Macht über: Widerstand für eine gerechte Welt ist möglich!, 9/09/2021 - 9/09/2021
    Tras las huellas de los/as desaparecidos/as, 10/01/2022 - 15/02/2022

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