Sunday, 1 October 2023

Textile Details

'¡Adiós Pinochet!/Good bye Pinochet!', Anonymous. (Photo: Colin Peck)
'¡Adiós Pinochet!/Good bye Pinochet!', Anonymous. (Photo: Colin Peck)


Title of Textile:¡Adiós Pinochet! / Good bye Pinochet!
Maker: Anonymous
Country of Origin: Chile
Year Produced: 1980c
Size (cm): 63cm(w) x 63cm(l)
Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera

During the Pinochet era men were the main targets for arrest, torture and disappearances. Consequently, women started to play a wider role in public affairs and denounced the actions of the regime in the streets as well as in their arpilleras.

In this arpillera, women have gathered in the streets of a modest neighbourhood to demonstrate their frustration and confront the situation that they see is preventing them, and their community, from having a decent life. We can see that they are impoverished as they have no electricity supply in their little houses and have to steal it by attaching electrical cables to the source. In spite of this, they depict their homes in bright colours and against the backdrop of the mountains and the sun, a classical feature in the majority of arpilleras.

Here the women are protesting in two groups, each carrying a banner. One states: "Out Pinochet!" The other reads: "Good bye Pinochet!" When asked why they took on such a public role the women replied: "We've been hit by so many blows in life. We might as well be out on the frontlines now because many of us have nothing more to lose." (Agosín, M., (2008)Tapestries of hope, threads of love: The arpillera movement in Chile (second edition))

This arpillera was made in one of the workshops run and supported by Vicaría de la Solidaridad. It was acquired by Heidi and Peter in the context of international solidarity against Pinochet's dictatorship.

Owner: Conflict Textiles collection
Location: Oshima Hakko Museum, Japan
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Colin Peck
Provenance: Heidi and Peter Gessler, Switzerland.

Textile exhibited at: Arpilleras / Quilts that cry out, challenge and question, 12/11/2008 - 14/11/2008
The Politics of Chilean Arpilleras II, 2/03/2009 - 31/03/2009
Threads of Destiny: Testimonies of Violence, Hope and Survival, 9/05/2009 - 26/07/2009
Finding Our Voices -The Power of Arpilleras, 26/09/2009 - 30/10/2009
Threads of Life: Quilts and arpilleras that speak out, 16/10/2009 - 1/11/2009
Stitching Resistance, 12/10/2010 - 16/01/2011
Arpilleras e resistência política no Chile , 30/07/2011 - 30/10/2011
Arpilleras e resistência política no Chile, 3/11/2011 - 13/11/2011
Arpilleras of Chilean political resistance , 22/03/2012 - 5/06/2012
ÜberlebensKunst - Konfliktbearbeitung durch textile Bilder, 12/07/2012 - 26/08/2012
Arpilleras in contested spaces, 3/09/2013 - 6/09/2013
RETAZOS TESTIMONIALES: arpilleras de Chile y otras latitudes, 28/09/2013 - 10/11/2013
Disobedient Objects, 26/07/2014 - 11/02/2015
Conflict Textiles collection: Tower Museum and Guildhall, 11/07/2016 - 16/12/2016
Threads, War and Conflict, 3/04/2019 - 29/04/2019
Chile 1973 , 22/02/2020 - 22/02/2020
Textile practices as forms of healing, caring and resisting , 24/06/2021 - 25/06/2021
Con-textualising Memory / Con-textualizando la memoria, 10/12/2021 - 10/12/2021
Narrativas textiles: Tramas de dolor y empatía en América Latina / Textile Narratives, 5/09/2022 - 8/09/2022
Never Forget September 11, 1973, 3/05/2023 - 28/12/2023

Textile Detail Image(s)

  '¡Adiós Pinochet!/Good bye Pinochet!' (reverse side), Anonymous. (Photo: Colin Peck)  '¡Adiós Pinochet!/Good bye Pinochet!' (Detail 1), Anonymous. (Photo: Colin Peck)  '¡Adiós Pinochet!/Good bye Pinochet!' (Detail 2), Anonymous. (Photo: Colin Peck)