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





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