Friday, 2 December 2022

Textile Details

'Disappeared', by Irene MacWilliam. (Photo: Irene MacWilliam)
'Disappeared', by Irene MacWilliam. (Photo: Irene MacWilliam)


Title of Textile:Disappeared
Maker: Irene MacWilliam
Country of Origin: Northern Ireland
Year Produced: 2013
Size (cm): 48cm x 207cm
Materials: A mixture of natural and synthetic fabrics - free machine stitched
Type of Textile: Textile piece

Irene was invited by curator Roberta Bacic to create a piece for the exhibition TESTIMONIAL SCRAPS at Park of Memory: Monument to the Victims of State Terrorism, Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2013. Outrage at the scale of forced disappearances during the seven year military dictatorship led by Lieutenant General Jorge Rafael Videla (1976-1983), seeded this textile. During this period, the number of people believed to have been killed or "disappeared," depending on the source, range from 7,158 to 30,000.

In this piece, Irene free machine stitched figures of people onto black fabric. These images were then cut through, leaving voids to represent their disappearance. Through the apertures one can read on the red backing cloth words such as “fear,” “denied” and “disappeared.” This is a chilling reminder of the fate of the disappeared in Argentina, in her native Northern Ireland and on a global basis.

Owner: Conflict Textiles collection. Donation from Irene MacWilliam
Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Irene MacWilliam

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