Sunday, 29 January 2023

Textile Details

'Vida en Nuestra Población / Life in Our Poor Neighbourhood', Taller Recoleta. (Photo: Colin Peck)
'Vida en Nuestra Población / Life in Our Poor Neighbourhood', Taller Recoleta. (Photo: Colin Peck)


Title of Textile:Vida en Nuestra Población / Life in Our Poor Neighbourhood
Maker: Taller Recoleta
Country of Origin: Chile
Year Produced: 1982
Size (cm): 185cm x 115cm
Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera

Created in the second half of the dictatorship, this arpillera portrays daily life in this bustling community. Though the people are still poor and can only source electricity by tapping into the main power supply, they are celebrating all the comings and goings of life. We see a wedding, a rodeo, children at play, a woman crying in front of her house, women undertaking household chores, baking empanadas in the park, gardening and people cultivating their food crops; all part of the fabric of life in this community, journeying forward with hope.

Since its creation, this arpillera has traversed continents; from Chile to Germany, then to Northern Ireland, for exhibition in "The Art of Survival: International and Irish Quilts", launched on International Women’s Day 2008. Since then it has inspired and challenged viewers in Brazil, Japan and Argentine. It revisited Derry in 2015 for "Arpillera Journeys", marking another stage in its epic journey.

Owner: Conflict Textiles collection. Provenance Marta and Jürgen Schaffer, Germany
Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Colin Peck

Textile exhibited at: The Politics of Chilean Arpilleras, 8/02/2008 - 19/04/2008
Chilean Arpilleras , 11/09/2008 - 11/10/2008
The Politics of Chilean Arpilleras, 23/09/2008 - 23/09/2008
Arpilleras that Cry Out, 22/06/2009 - 10/07/2009
Finding Our Voices -The Power of Arpilleras, 26/09/2009 - 30/10/2009
Arpilleras habitades de memòria, 14/01/2010 - 26/02/2010
'Arpilleras Aus Chile' -Eine Retrospektive, 6/05/2010 - 28/05/2010
Chilean Arpilleras of Yesterday and Today: Textile Ambassadors, 16/09/2010 - 16/09/2010
Stitching Resistance, 12/10/2010 - 16/01/2011
Arpilleras e resistência política no Chile , 30/07/2011 - 30/10/2011
Arpilleras of Chilean political resistance , 22/03/2012 - 5/06/2012
RETAZOS TESTIMONIALES: arpilleras de Chile y otras latitudes, 28/09/2013 - 10/11/2013
Arpillera Journeys, 6/03/2015 - 12/06/2015
Embracing Human Rights, 5/11/2019 - 18/12/2019
Embracing Human Rights: Conflict Textiles’ Journey, 9/01/2020 - 31/07/2020
Encuentro Arpillera / Arpillera Colloquium / Gesprächsabend zum Thema Arpilleras, 14/04/2021 - 14/04/2021
Shirts, Singers and Sewing, 24/05/2021 - 31/08/2021
Con-textualizando la memoria / Contextualising memory, 4/09/2021 - 8/09/2021
Making an arpillera doll from shirt factory fabric scraps, 16/09/2021 - 16/09/2021
Derry Dolls: Present to Past, 9/11/2021 - 26/04/2022

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