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    '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, 6/02/2008 - 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

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