Sunday, 2 October 2022

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'Irene, Marta, Hilda, Patricia: Ahora y Siempre Presentes / Irene, Marta, Hilda, Patricia: Now and Always Present', Students from Escuela de Cerámica. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
'Irene, Marta, Hilda, Patricia: Ahora y Siempre Presentes / Irene, Marta, Hilda, Patricia: Now and Always Present', Students from Escuela de Cerámica. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

 

Title of Textile:Irene, Marta, Hilda, Patricia: Ahora y Siempre Presentes / Irene, Marta, Hilda, Patricia: Now and Always Present
Maker: Students from Escuela de Cerámica
Country of Origin: Argentina
Year Produced: 2013
Size (cm): 80cm x 65cm
Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera
Description:

In March 1976 a military junta led by Lieutenant General Jorge Rafael Videla seized power in Argentina and under the guise of the National Reorganization Process initiated a seven year period of military dictatorship characterised by human rights violations, forced disappearances and illegal arrests.

By May 1977 four young female students, one of whom was pregnant, attending the Pottery College/Escuela de Cerámica, had disappeared without trace: Marta Virginia Esain, Patricia Virginia Villa, Hilda Adriana Fernandez and Irene Monica Bruschtein. These women, aged 21-25, active in the socialist movement, were all taken from different places with Irene being kidnapped from her home in front of her two children.

Almost 40 years later the college remembers these young women through this arpillera created by present day students as part of a human rights module. The process involved a visit to “Parque de la Memoria” linked in to the programme of activities of the exhibition RETAZOS TESTIMONIALES: arpilleras de Chile y otras latitudes/TESTIMONIAL SCRAPS: arpilleras from Chile and other parts of the world. This arpillera was created by the students following their visit.

The title phrase "Ahora y siempre presentes/Now and Always Present” is testimony to the enduring legacy and presence of these young disappeared women and the reality that we have to deal with our past.

Owner: Conflict Textiles collection
Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Martin Melaugh



Textile exhibited at: Women 31 , 7/03/2014 - 15/04/2014
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 de América Latina: Mujeres cosedoras de vida , 19/03/2016 - 24/04/2016
LA VIDA QUE SE TEJE Tejidos de América Latina por la memoria y la vida, 11/05/2016 - 10/07/2016
Textile Language of Conflicts, 6/11/2017 - 10/11/2017
Huellas: puntadas y caminares de la memoria / Footprints: memory stitches and steps , 29/09/2018 - 4/11/2018
Embracing Human Rights: Conflict Textiles’ Journey, 9/01/2020 - 31/07/2020
Following the footsteps of the disappeared, 30/08/2020 - 30/08/2021
Following the Footsteps of the Disappeared 2021, 31/08/2021 - 20/12/2021
Tras las huellas de los/as desaparecidos/as, 10/01/2022 - 5/02/2022



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