Sunday, 29 January 2023

Textile Details

'¿Quién carga con la deuda externa?/Who Carries the External Debt?' Mujeres Creativas workshop. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
'¿Quién carga con la deuda externa?/Who Carries the External Debt?' Mujeres Creativas workshop. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Title of Textile:¿Quién carga con la deuda externa? / Who Carries the External Debt?
Maker: FCH, Mujeres Creativas workshop
Country of Origin: Peru
Year Produced: 2008
Size (cm): 67 x60cm
Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera

This Peruvian arpillera, from the Mujeres Creativas workshop in Peru, depicts the inequities between rich and poor in that society. The arpillera, which is a replica of the 1986 original by FCH, Mujeres Creativas workshop, asks: "Who carries the debt?" and we see that it is the poor who shoulder the burden of debt and those with plenty are oblivious to their plight.

It was the poor indeed who shouldered the debt in Peru in the 1980s. Servicing the foreign debt, secured from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), impacted on the daily lives of poor people through reduced services and a general decline in already abysmal living standards.

Furthermore, the violent conflict in Peru at this time resulted in further devastation for those who were already scraping by, and their lives of grinding poverty became ever more desperate. The extent to which conceptions of peace in Peru have addressed the violence of poverty, considered where responsibility lies and how the burden might be shouldered more fairly is questionable.

Owner: Ulster Museum collection. Acquired from Conflict Textiles collection (2022).
Location: Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Original / Replica: Replica
Photographer: Martin Melaugh

Textile exhibited at: Arpilleras / Quilts that cry out, challenge and question, 12/11/2008 - 14/11/2008
Peruvian Arpilleras that tell a story, cry out, challenge and question, 7/02/2009 - 6/04/2009
Textiles with a Story, 4/12/2009 - 4/12/2009
Arpilleras habitades de memòria, 14/01/2010 - 26/02/2010
'Arpilleras Aus Chile' -Eine Retrospektive, 6/05/2010 - 28/05/2010
The Politics of the Mundane in Chilean and Other Arpilleras, 27/08/2010 - 29/08/2010
Stitching Peace: An exhibition of Arpilleras and Quilts, 16/02/2011 - 18/03/2011
Stitching Peace: An exhibition of arpilleras and quilts, 17/05/2011 - 25/05/2011
Transforming threads of resistance, 27/02/2012 - 9/03/2012
RETAZOS TESTIMONIALES: arpilleras de Chile y otras latitudes, 28/09/2013 - 10/11/2013
SMALL Actions BIG Movements, 1/07/2014 - 11/07/2014
Mujeres que Hilvanan Días / Women that Sew Days Together, 5/03/2015 - 10/04/2015
Arpilleras de América Latina: Mujeres cosedoras de vida , 19/03/2016 - 24/04/2016
LA VIDA QUE SE TEJE Tejidos de América Latina por la memoria y la vida, 11/05/2016 - 10/07/2016
Textile Language of Conflicts, 6/11/2017 - 10/11/2017
Huellas: puntadas y caminares de la memoria / Footprints: memory stitches and steps , 29/09/2018 - 4/11/2018
Poesie des Nähens / The Poetry of Stitching, 17/01/2020 - 8/03/2020
Transformative Memory International Network 2022 MemoLab: Northern Ireland, 17/10/2022 - 6/11/2022

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