Wednesday, 24 July 2024

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'Recuperación de cuerpos en 1990 / Recovering the disappeared in 1990', Taller Fundación Solidaridad.
(Photo: Martin Melaugh)
'Recuperación de cuerpos en 1990 / Recovering the disappeared in 1990', Taller Fundación Solidaridad. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Title of Textile:Recuperación de cuerpos en 1990 / Recovering the disappeared in 1990
Maker: Taller Fundación Solidaridad
Country of Origin: Chile
Year Produced: 1990
Size (cm): 50cm x 40cm
Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera

Startling in its graphic depiction of recovered bodies, this sombre arpillera challenges us to face the truth of the scale of disappearances and human rights abuses perpetrated by the violent Pinochet regime.

In a letter dated 1990, tucked in a small pocket on the reverse side, arpillerista Maria Hermosina Donoso chillingly informs us: “We are just emerging from the punishment of the dictatorship that started in 1973. There have been found many dead bodies, with their hands tied up to their back, close to the places they were buried alive.”

Creating this arpillera enabled these women to publicly highlight the truth of the fate of their disappeared loved ones, a truth long denied by the authorities. Only now can these women, having finally had their truth vindicated, begin their journey forward with hope and dignity.

Owner: Oshima Hakko Museum collection, Japan
Location: Oshima Hakko Museum, Japan
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Martin Melaugh

Textile exhibited at: RETAZOS TESTIMONIALES: arpilleras de Chile y otras latitudes, 28/09/2013 - 10/11/2013
Arpillera Journeys, 6/03/2015 - 12/06/2015
Rebelles exhibiton, as part of the FITE 2016 , 21/06/2016 - 31/12/2016
Arpilleras Speak Truth, 25/09/2017 - 28/10/2017
Arpilerak: Memoriaren Haritik Etorkizuna Josten / Arpilleras: Al Hilo De La Memoria, 12/04/2018 - 24/04/2018
ARIPILLERAS: AL HILO DE LA MEMORIA, TEJIENDO FUTURO / Arpilleras: Knitting the Future, 25/04/2018 - 30/05/2018
Justicia Transicional y Arte-Textil / Transitional Justice and Art-Textile, 24/09/2018 - 18/10/2018
II encuentro internacional de arte textil y resistencia, 22/08/2019 - 24/08/2019
Tras las huellas de los/as desaparecidos/as , 29/08/2019 - 31/08/2019
Following the footsteps of the disappeared, 30/08/2020 - 30/08/2021
Following the Footsteps of the Disappeared 2021, 31/08/2021 - 20/12/2021
Tras las huellas de los/as desaparecidos/as, 10/01/2022 - 5/02/2022

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