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    'Violencia en las calles de Santiago de Chile durante toque de queda / Violence in the streets of Santiago de Chile during curfew', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
    'Violencia en las calles de Santiago de Chile durante toque de queda / Violence in the streets of Santiago de Chile during curfew', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

     

    Title of Textile:Violencia en las calles de Santiago de Chile durante toque de queda / Violence in the streets of Santiago de Chile during curfew
    Maker: Anonymous
    Country of Origin: Chile
    Year Produced: 1979
    Size (cm): 50cm x 40cm
    Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
    Type of Textile: Arpillera
    Description:

    This is a traditional arpillera against the backdrop of the Andes Mountains of Chile. The dark background colour and the moon and stars signify that this is a night scene and we can guess that the area is probably under curfew. An injured person lying in a pool of blood is being ignored by the police who are walking away. It is not clear from the scene presented who is responsible for the wounded person, though we certainly see that the police are not fulfilling their duty of care.

    Knowing that this arpillera is from the first decade of the repressive Pinochet dictatorship, we are left to ponder if it is the heavy handed actions of the police that have resulted in this person’s injuries. We see the people from the neighbourhood busy assisting the injured person.

    Overall, this arpillera chillingly portrays the hardship and repression experienced by the people in this impoverished community. From the sewing and crochet borders, we recognize that the arpillerista is not a skilled sewer.

    Nonetheless her piece is powerful in that it is bears witness to and publicly denounces yet another violent incident of the Pinochet regime. In highlighting it she ensures that the world is made aware of what was happening on a daily basis in Chile.

    Owner: Conflict Textiles collection. Provenance Jacquie Monty, England (deceased).
    Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Martin Melaugh





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