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    'They Fell like Stars from the Sky / Cayeron del cielo como estrellas', Deborah Stockdale. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
    'They Fell like Stars from the Sky / Cayeron del cielo como estrellas', Deborah Stockdale. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

     

    Title of Textile:They Fell like Stars from the Sky / Cayeron del cielo como estrellas
    Maker: Deborah Stockdale
    Country of Origin: Republic of Ireland
    Year Produced: 2013
    Size (cm): 62cm x 75cm
    Materials: Cotton, silks, linen, synthetics
    Type of Textile: Arpillera
    Description:

    In this arpillera, Deborah conveys the devastating impact of the estimated up to 30,000 disappeared people in Argentina, during the seven year military dictatorship led by Lieutenant General Videla, 1976–1983. http://www.desaparecidos.org/arg/

    The figures falling through the night sky, each with a small red heart, represent the bodies, sometimes still alive, hurled from aeroplanes. The circle of women are the Abuelas (Grandmothers) de Plaza de Mayo, keeping vigil for their disappeared loved ones.

    In the middle area (the ‘water’ area) and on the reverse side, tangible memories are encapsulated - a tablecloth, photograph and letters- from Miguel Angel de Boer’s young wife, María Haydée Rabuñal. She was a medical student, who was 'disappeared' in the 1970s.

    Integrating these three strands afforded Deborah: “a way of comprehending the absolute scale of this tragedy for the people of Argentina.”

    Owner: Deborah Stockdale collection
    Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Martin Melaugh





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      'They Fell like Stars from the Sky' (reverse side), by Deborah Stockdale. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)