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    'No tenemos acceso a los servicios públicos / We have no access to public services' Anonymous. (Photo: Colin Peck)
    'No tenemos acceso a los servicios públicos / We have no access to public services' Anonymous. (Photo: Colin Peck)

     

    Title of Textile:No tenemos acceso a los servicios públicos / We have no access to public services
    Maker: Anonymous
    Country of Origin: Chile
    Year Produced: 1984
    Size (cm): 45cm (w) x 36cm (l)
    Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
    Type of Textile: Arpillera
    Description:

    Through this arpillera, made in a community workshop in Santiago, we journey back to the past and witness the daily hardships faced by this community during the Pinochet regime. The crosses stitched on the doors of public services show that ordinary people do not have access to these facilities. Two signs beside the minister’s desk proclaim: "Minister of Education, betrayal to the fatherland," and “What is this? They refer to former Justice Minister Monica Madariaga, who drafted the 1978 Amnesty Law (Amnesty to the perpetrators) to avoid legal action in the cases of human rights violation from 1973-1978.

    Through a Swiss couple this arpillera journeyed to Europe, where it helped to highlight the grimness of life in Chile during the Pinochet dictatorship. Today it invites us to connect with marginalised communities in various jurisdictions that, in the face of repressive regimes and times of conflict, are denied basic services.

    Owner: Conflict Textiles collection. Provenance Heidi and Peter Gessler, Switzerland
    Location: c/o Esther Alleyne, Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Limavady, N. Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Colin Peck





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