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    'My memories of the dictatorship', by Fátima da Costa. (Photo: Tony Boyle)
    'My memories of the dictatorship', by Fátima da Costa. (Photo: Tony Boyle)


    Title of Textile:Minhas memórias da ditadura / My memories of the dictatorship
    Maker: Fátima da Costa
    Country of Origin: Brazil
    Year Produced: 2012
    Size (cm): 58cm (w) x 41cm (l)
    Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
    Type of Textile: Arpillera

    This piece was created during a workshop as part of a Chilean arpillera exhibition commissioned by Memorial da Resistência de São Paulo in Brazil, 2011.

    Fátima, in her sixties when she created this piece, recalls a turbulent event in her home town of Recife, following the 1964 Brazilian coup d'état. This event culminated in the overthrow of President João Goulart, ushering in a military regime which lasted until 1985.

    Through her stitching, she revisits what she witnessed as a nine year old: “Suddenly, around 9am, my parents closed … their little shop. Lorries loaded with military … ordered people to lock themselves and be silent. They surrounded the house of Mr. Popô, a neighbour who talked a lot with people in his home… Mr Popô disappeared…”

    Reflecting on the arpillera workshop, facilitator Esther Vital Garcia recalls Fátima being fascinated with the power of arpilleras: “to connect her with her own past” and “to create spaces in which individual stories and experiences could be connected.”

    Owner: Conflict Textiles collection
    Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Tony Boyle

    Textile exhibited at: Arpillera Journeys, 6/03/2015 - 12/06/2015
    Threads, War and Conflict, 3/04/2019 - 29/04/2019
    Following the footsteps of the disappeared, 30/08/2020 - 30/08/2021
    Memory and Representation in Latin America Congreso Virtual: Memoria y Representación, 8/04/2021 - 10/04/2021

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