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    'En Chile se tortura / Demonstration against torture', by  Violeta Morales. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
    'En Chile se tortura / Demonstration against torture', by Violeta Morales. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


    Title of Textile:En Chile se tortura / Demonstration against torture
    Maker: Violeta Morales
    Country of Origin: Chile
    Year Produced: 1988
    Size (cm): 48cm (w) x 38cm (l)
    Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto hessian
    Type of Textile: Arpillera

    Here Violeta Morales depicts a demonstration against torture by the group Movement Against Torture Sebastián Acevedo (MCTSA), of which she was co-ordinator.

    The anti torture movement came into being in September, 1983, ten years after the regime took power, when around 70 people unfurled a banner which read "Torturing Done Here" in front of the headquarters of the National Civil Police Centre in Santiago.

    On November 11 of that same year, Sebastián Acevedo Becerra, in despair following the arrest of his children Galo and María, whom he feared would be tortured by the secret police, publicly set himself alight. Such was the impact of his action on the Movement Against Torture that it henceforth became known as the Movement Against Torture Sebastián Acevedo (MCTSA).

    In the Chilean National Commission of Truth and Reconciliation, death as a consequence of political violence was how Sebastián's demise was described. Roberta Bacic (2012), in her paper "Stitching together non-violence" and "Movement Against Torture Sebastián Acevedo (MCTSA)" notes that his death described thus: "gave a public acknowledgement of the desperate situation people lived during those years and gave his family the right to reparations."

    Owner: Oshima Hakko Museum collection, Japan. In the care of Conflict Textiles collection
    Location: Marina Vinyes Albes, Sant Pol de Mar, Barcelona
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Martin Melaugh

    Textile exhibited at: 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
    Sew to Speak – Human Rights, 12/09/2014 - 14/09/2014
    Textile Accounts of Conflicts, 17/11/2014 - 18/11/2014
    Textile Accounts of Conflicts, 6/02/2015 - 7/03/2015
    Arpilleras: Verhalen over leven / Arpilleras: stories of life and survival, 23/09/2015 - 20/11/2015
    ARPILLERAS: verhalen over leven ARPILLERAS: stories of life and survival, 16/01/2016 - 24/02/2016
    Enduring Life: Arpillera Voices, 11/05/2016 - 15/07/2016
    Stitched Legacies of Conflicts , 7/10/2016 - 26/11/2016
    Justicia Transicional y Arte-Textil / Transitional Justice and Art-Textile, 24/09/2018 - 18/10/2018

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