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    'Rescate de niños judíos / Rescue of Jewish Children', by Ana Zlatkes. (Photo: Ana Zlatkes)
    'Rescate de niños judíos / Rescue of Jewish Children', by Ana Zlatkes. (Photo: Ana Zlatkes)


    Title of Textile:Rescate de niños judíos / Rescue of Jewish Children
    Maker: Ana Zlatkes
    Country of Origin: Argentina
    Year Produced: 2011
    Size (cm): Standard size - portrait
    Materials: Scraps of material handsewn onto burlap
    Type of Textile: Arpillera

    Ana Zlatkes, a well known and prize winning textile artist who has exhibited internationally, first encountered arpilleras at an international exhibition at the Women's Museum in Fürth, Germany in May 2009. She subsequently attended two arpillera workshops facilitated by Roberta Bacic and has become a passionate proponent of the arpillera mode of expression.

    Working on this arpillera uncovered many different emotions and questions for Ana: "I felt the need to be honest and situate myself on the side of the wire fence of my roots. I wasn't on the other side and I can't imagine what it was like. Even presently people keep giving explanations, responses. They cannot find them, because there are none."

    While her arpillera depicts the genocide inflicted by the Nazi regime on Jews during the second world war, in her view the theme is universal and current: "Genocide continues, changes in form and geographical location, but it is still a reality and it is the responsibility of all of us to try to prevent it."

    This arpillera, as well as honouring those who resisted the repressive regime, has undoubtedly changed the artist: "this is my first homage to all the men and women who have had the courage to fight defending the lives of children. Today after making this arpillera I am not the same, something has happened in me and my life."

    Irena Sendler, a social worker, was one such woman who resisted the regime. Between 1942 and 1943, working through the Polish underground, she led hundreds of Jewish children out of the Ghetto to safe hiding places.

    Nicholas Winton, who worked on the London stock exchange, was instrumental in arranging for 669 children to leave Czechoslovakia at the beginning of the war. Vera Gissing, one of the children saved by Winton later commented: "He rescued the greater part of the Jewish children of my generation in Czechoslovakia. Very few of us met our parents again: they perished in concentration camps. Had we not been spirited away, we would have been murdered alongside them."

    Owner: Conflict Textiles collection
    Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Ana Zlatkes

    Textile exhibited at: Transforming threads of resistance, 27/02/2012 - 9/03/2012
    RETAZOS TESTIMONIALES: arpilleras de Chile y otras latitudes, 28/09/2013 - 10/11/2013
    Textile Accounts of Conflicts, 17/11/2014 - 18/11/2014
    Textile Accounts of Conflicts, 6/02/2015 - 7/03/2015
    War-Torn Children, 1/03/2017 - 15/04/2017
    Remembering the Holocaust, 8/01/2018 - 27/01/2018
    War-Torn Children, 8/02/2018 - 24/03/2018
    Justicia Transicional y Arte-Textil / Transitional Justice and Art-Textile, 24/09/2018 - 18/10/2018

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