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


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: Conflict Textiles store
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Martin Melaugh

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