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    'They burnt our homes', collective work by Killarney girls, facilitated by Shari Eppel, Solidarity Peace Trust Zimbabwe. (Photo: Shari Eppel)
    'They burnt our homes', collective work by Killarney girls, facilitated by Shari Eppel, Solidarity Peace Trust Zimbabwe. (Photo: Shari Eppel)

     

    Title of Textile:They burnt our homes
    Maker: Collective work by Killarney girls, facilitated by Shari Eppel, Solidarity Peace Trust Zimbabwe
    Country of Origin: Zimbabwe
    Year Produced: 2012
    Size (cm): 146cm x 96cm
    Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
    Type of Textile: Arpillera
    Description:

    This arpillera, the second in a series of two, graphically portrays the destruction of the Killarney informal settlement in Zimbabwe in May 2005, during Operation Murambatsvina in which the government of Zimbabwe, deploying the army and police, purposefully destroyed housing around the country.

    The women who made this arpillera are all from Killarney informal settlement; all lost their homes in 2005. The chilling images accompanied by the simple statements “They burnt our homes” “Trucks collected us” and “our chairs were outside” convey the devastation of this government sanctioned operation, in which an estimated 500,000 people were evicted and displaced in the space of a month.

    Owner: Conflict Textiles collection. Provenance Solidarity Peace Trust, Zimbabwe
    Location: Solidarity Peace Trust, Zimbabwe
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Shari Eppel



    Textile exhibited at: Women 31 , 7/03/2014 - 15/04/2014
    Textile Accounts of Conflicts, 17/11/2014 - 18/11/2014
    Textile Accounts of Conflicts, 6/02/2015 - 7/03/2015
    Arpilleras: Verhalen over leven / Arpilleras: stories of life and survival, 23/09/2015 - 20/11/2015



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