Tuesday, 21 May 2024

Textile Details

'Dia de Visita / Day of Visit', by Victoria Diaz Caro. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
'Dia de Visita / Day of Visit', by Victoria Diaz Caro. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Title of Textile:Día de Visita / Day of Visit
Maker: Victoria Diaz Caro
Country of Origin: Chile
Year Produced: 1988
Size (cm): 39cm x 51cm
Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera

In the early months of the Pinochet dictatorship up to 7,000 people were detained by the Junta. In this piece, arpillerista Victoria Diaz Caro brings us inside a Chilean prison and captures the poignancy of a political prisoner, arms outstretched, ready to greet his family on visiting day. Nearby, a couple are absorbed in their all too brief moments of connection. These vivid, life filled scenes sharply contrast with the shadowy military figures in the background, keeping a watchful eye on proceedings.

For the women coping with imprisonment of their loved ones, using their textile skills to craft arpilleras became a means of enabling them to live with conflict and its memory on a daily basis: the political events of their country and their daily lives became inseparable.

Owner: Oshima Hakko Museum collection, Japan
Location: Conflict Textiles store
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Martin Melaugh
Provenance: In the care of Conflict Textiles collection.

Textile exhibited at: RETAZOS TESTIMONIALES: arpilleras de Chile y otras latitudes, 28/09/2013 - 10/11/2013
Textile Accounts of Conflicts, 17/11/2014 - 18/11/2014
Textile Accounts of Conflicts, 6/02/2015 - 7/03/2015
Arpilleras Dialogantes / Arpillera Conversations, 28/05/2015 - 28/05/2015
Overcoming, Remembering: The Politics of Sewing, 8/06/2015 - 12/06/2015
Arpilleras Bordando à Resistência / Arpilleras Embroidering Resistance, 25/09/2015 - 25/10/2015
Stitched Legacies of Conflicts , 7/10/2016 - 26/11/2016
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
Huellas: puntadas y caminares de la memoria / Footprints: memory stitches and steps , 29/09/2018 - 4/11/2018
Conflict Textiles talk , 3/02/2019 - 3/02/2019
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
Chile 1973 , 22/02/2020 - 22/02/2020

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