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    'Paro de los estudiantes' chilenos 2 / Chilean students' strike 2', by Pamela Luque. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
    'Paro de los estudiantes' chilenos 2 / Chilean students' strike 2', by Pamela Luque. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

     

    Title of Textile:Paro de los estudiantes' chilenos 2 / Chilean students' strike 2
    Maker: Pamela Luque
    Country of Origin: Chile
    Year Produced: 2012
    Size (cm): 53cm (w) x 56cm (l)
    Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
    Type of Textile: Arpillera
    Description:

    This arpillera depicts the actions of the mass student movement in Chile, who since 2011 have initiated a series of mass marches and creative actions demanding free education as well as reform of the existing economic model. Led by student leader Camila Vallejos, the movement, with a set of concrete demands and solutions, has strong links to workers unions and public support.

    Here we see students carrying a placard demanding: "Education-liberty, dignity, no cost". A second placard assures the public that: "We are not doing this because we are terrorists or delinquents but conscientious students", while a third one states: "Kisses in favour of education", highlighting their creative approach. Illustrating the intergenerational support for this movement, another placard reads: "Grandparents support their grandchildren".

    Chilean native Pamela, living in Ireland for 20 years, was moved to create this arpillera on seeing the exhibition "Events of the Year Quilts and Testimonies of Survival" in Donegal, Ireland in 2012. Purposely using only scraps of leftover and recycled fabric this piece is reminiscent of the work of the early Chilean arpilleristas, techniques she had learnt as a young woman while living in Chile. The influences brought to bear in this arpillera, which depicts current student protests in a country where grassroots resistance was immortalised in arpilleras a few decades ago, is testimony to the enduring and global power of arpilleras.

    Owner: Conflict Textiles collection
    Location: c/o Esther Alleyne, Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Limavady, N. Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Martin Melaugh





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