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    'Landmines/Campos Minados', by Linda Adams. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
    'Landmines/Campos Minados', by Linda Adams. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


    Title of Textile:Landmines / Campos Minados
    Maker: Linda Adams
    Country of Origin: England
    Year Produced: 2015
    Size (cm): 43cm x 31cm
    Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
    Type of Textile: Arpillera

    Arpillerista Linda Adams created this arpillera “as a response to the fact that even after a war is over the landmines stay and continue to kill.” Antipersonnel landmines, can lie dormant for years until their detonating mechanism is accidently triggered. Designed to maim rather than kill, they cause horrific injuries resulting in amputations, long hospital stays and extensive rehabilitation.

    In this piece, Linda depicts a woman tending her crops, a routine task which has become highly dangerous as we can see from the sign: “Danger-Land Mines.” In the corner we see a child absorbed in play, bent over colourful objects, about to pick them up. These are “butterfly” mines, a type used during the Soviet occupation in Afghanistan. Exploiting the natural, playful curiosity of children in this manner is particularly disturbing for Linda, who remarks that: “children need to explore and play without risking injury and often death from a conflict which finished some time ago.”

    Owner: Conflict Textiles collection
    Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Martin Melaugh

    Textile exhibited at: 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
    War-Torn Children, 1/03/2017 - 15/04/2017
    War-Torn Children , 17/07/2017 - 28/07/2017
    War-Torn Children, 8/02/2018 - 24/03/2018
    War-Torn Children, 5/09/2018 - 29/11/2018
    Embracing Human Rights, 5/11/2019 - 18/12/2019

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