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    'Any time and everywhere - Anna Frank's universality', by Heidi Drahota. (Photo: Heidi Drahota)
    'Any time and everywhere - Anna Frank's universality', by Heidi Drahota. (Photo: Heidi Drahota)


    Title of Textile:Any time and everywhere - Anna Frank's universality
    Maker: Heidi Drahota
    Country of Origin: Germany
    Year Produced: 2011
    Size (cm): 28.5cm (w) x 44cm (h)
    Materials: Scraps of wool and fabric handsewn onto backing material
    Type of Textile: Arpillera

    This is the first arpillera by textile artist Heidi Drahota. She created it after participating in several arpillera workshops connected to International arpillera exhibitions, 2009 – 2011. For Heidi "Arpilleras are like a diary. … and like every diary they are personal documents."

    This piece is: “[my] personal expression as a German profoundly affected by the Second World War.” In the top section, Heidi, inspired by the arpillera doll technique used by Chilean women, depicts teenager Anna Frank at work on her diary during the period 1942 to 1944, when she and her family lived in hiding in Amsterdam, during the German occupation of the Netherlands.

    Directly below she portrays the historical context in which this happened. Her vivid images of peoples‘ glasses, the presence of guards and dishevelled yellow stars reminds us of the genocide inflicted by the Nazi regime on Jews during World War II, a fate which befell Anna Frank and several family members.

    The third section links the historical and current context. The end of World War II and the decline in Nazism is symbolised by brown helmet shapes, whilst the grey brickwork portrays the emergence of the UN declaration of human rights, the building blocks for a more equal world.

    Worryingly, on the bottom right we see a gradual rise in Neo Nazism, reminding us that the issues of discrimination, denial of human rights and genocide faced by Anna Frank in the 1940s, is still a threat for children and young people many decades later.

    Owner: Heidi Drahota collection, Germany
    Location: Heidi Drahota, Germany
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Heidi Drahota

    Textile exhibited at: Arpilleras: Community Action and Empowerment through Narrative Textile Art, 6/03/2012 - 6/04/2012
    War-Torn Children, 1/03/2017 - 15/04/2017
    War-Torn Children, 2/10/2017 - 27/10/2017
    Remembering the Holocaust, 8/01/2018 - 27/01/2018
    War-Torn Children, 8/02/2018 - 24/03/2018
    War-Torn Children, 5/09/2018 - 29/11/2018
    Torn from Home: Remembering the Holocaust , 10/01/2019 - 28/02/2019
    From Home to Here: Stories of Languages Old and New, 5/11/2019 - 20/12/2019
    #DerechosdelNiño / #DretsdelsInfants / #ChildrensRights, 10/11/2020 - 29/01/2021
    Light during the darkness: Remembering the Holocaust, 18/01/2021 - 1/02/2021
    #ChildrensRights / #DerechosdelNiño / #DretsdelsInfants , 15/03/2021 - 6/06/2021

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