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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: Professor Masaaki Takahashi, Japan. In the care of Conflict Textiles collection
    Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
    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

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