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    'Panfleteando en el 1979 en Santiago/Leafleting in Santiago in 1979', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
    'Panfleteando en el 1979 en Santiago/Leafleting in Santiago in 1979', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


    Title of Textile:Panfleteando en el 1979 en Santiago / Leafleting in Santiago in 1979
    Maker: Anonymous
    Country of Origin: Chile
    Year Produced: 1979
    Size (cm): 45cm x 37cm
    Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
    Type of Textile: Arpillera

    This colourful and somewhat childlike arpillera from the late 1970s, depicts a scene where campaigners are distributing pamphlets to pedestrians and drivers to raise awareness about the "Disappeared."

    According to Chile's fourth national Truth Commission Report on Torture and Political Imprisonment (Valech II), published in August 2011, there were a total of 3,216 cases of forced disappearance or political execution.

    Again, the traditional style of the mountains is represented here, using a myriad of colourful scraps of cloth. The sun, however, is not visible, perhaps symbolising the dangers that still prevailed. The large houses and trees indicate that this is not a shanty town; here the campaigners have been emboldened to bring their campaign into middle-class areas.

    Overall, this arpillera illustrates the relentless attempts made to reveal the unsavoury hidden truths which plagued certain groups within the society during the Pinochet era, truths which others often chose to ignore.

    Owner: Conflict Textiles collection. Provenance Jacquie Monty, England (deceased).
    Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Martin Melaugh

    Textile exhibited at: Arpilleras: Voices on Tapestries, 8/03/2010 - 31/03/2010
    Arpilleras: Embajadoras para el Bicentenario Quilts/Arpilleras: Ambassadors for the B, 14/04/2010 - 20/05/2010
    Exhibit of Chilean Arpilleras, 20/05/2010 - 22/05/2010
    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
    ÜberlebensKunst - Konfliktbearbeitung durch textile Bilder, 12/07/2012 - 26/08/2012
    Stitching and Unstitching The Troubles-phase 1, 5/09/2012 - 29/09/2012
    RETAZOS TESTIMONIALES: arpilleras de Chile y otras latitudes, 28/09/2013 - 10/11/2013
    SMALL Actions BIG Movements, 1/07/2014 - 11/07/2014
    Arpillera Journeys, 6/03/2015 - 12/06/2015
    Rebelles exhibiton, as part of the FITE 2016 , 21/06/2016 - 31/12/2016
    Stitching Memoryscape 「記憶風景を縫う」, 30/05/2017 - 12/06/2017
    Stitching Memoryscape 「記憶風景を縫う」, 29/08/2017 - 3/09/2017

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