Wednesday, 21 February 2024

Textile Details

'Olla común en una población / Soup kitchen in a barrio',  Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
'Olla común en una población / Soup kitchen in a barrio', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Title of Textile:Olla común en una población / Soup Kitchen in a barrio
Maker: Anon., Taller Fundación Missio, Santiago
Country of Origin: Chile
Year Produced: 1982
Size (cm): 47cm (w) x 38cm (l)
Materials: Scraps of materials hand sewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera

This arpillera depicts the hunger and poverty that is wrought by conflict and social injustice. Created during the Pinochet dictatorship, it depicts both the desperation of hunger among the poor, forced to seek food from church charities, and also the resilience of those who find ways to ensure that the worst affected are not left hungry.

Soup kitchens, similar to the one portrayed in this arpillera, were a life line for the impoverished during the Pinochet regime. Church charities such as the Vicaría de la Solidaridad and later, the Fundación Solidaridad, were in the forefront in setting them up. María Madariaga, whose husband was unemployed and who wondered how she could provide food for her children, recalls what the soup kitchen meant for her family, even though not all of them could benefit from it: “There was an age limit to abide by…of my three children at the time, only one was able to eat…We thought it was better that one eats than none…” (Agosín, ibid).The need was so great that difficult choices had to be made, both within the family and in the organization, which meant that for Maria and her husband: “the days were especially long…because there was nothing to eat.”

Owner: Conflict Textiles collection
Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Martin Melaugh
Provenance: Kinderhilfe arpillera collection, Chile/Bonn

Textile exhibited at: Arpilleras habitades de memòria, 14/01/2010 - 26/02/2010
The Politics of the Mundane in Chilean and Other Arpilleras, 27/08/2010 - 29/08/2010
Stitching Resistance, 12/10/2010 - 16/01/2011
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
ÜberlebensKunst - Konfliktbearbeitung durch textile Bilder, 12/07/2012 - 26/08/2012
Stitching and Unstitching The Troubles-phase 1, 5/09/2012 - 29/09/2012
Arpilleras in contested spaces, 3/09/2013 - 6/09/2013
RETAZOS TESTIMONIALES: arpilleras de Chile y otras latitudes, 28/09/2013 - 10/11/2013
Women 31 , 7/03/2014 - 15/04/2014
SMALL Actions BIG Movements, 1/07/2014 - 11/07/2014
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
Arpillera Voices and Echoes , 6/10/2016 - 14/11/2016
Arpilleras viajeras: Chilenas y de otras latitudes, 16/11/2016 - 12/12/2016
War-Torn Children, 1/03/2017 - 15/04/2017
War-Torn Children , 17/07/2017 - 28/07/2017
War-Torn Children, 2/10/2017 - 27/10/2017
War-Torn Children, 8/02/2018 - 24/03/2018
War-Torn Children, 5/09/2018 - 29/11/2018
Conflict, Famine and Displacement: Then and Now, 13/06/2020 - 27/06/2020
#DerechosdelNiño / #DretsdelsInfants / #ChildrensRights, 10/11/2020 - 29/01/2021
#ChildrensRights / #DerechosdelNiño / #DretsdelsInfants , 15/03/2021 - 6/06/2021
Threads of Empowerment: Conflict Textiles’ International Journey, 21/06/2024 - 31/03/2025

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