Monday, 27 May 2024

Textile Details

'Movimiento contra la tortura / Movement against torture', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
'Movimiento contra la tortura / Movement against torture', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Title of Textile:Movimiento contra la tortura / Movement against torture
Maker: Anonymous
Country of Origin: Chile
Year Produced: 1989
Size (cm): 48cm x 38cm
Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera

Here we see a group of people from the Movement Against Torture Sebastián Acevedo (MCTSA) demanding “Punishment to the torturers.” The anti torture movement came into being in September 1983. Two months later, Sebastián Acevedo Becerra, after the arrest of his two children, whom he feared would be tortured, publicly set himself alight. Following his tragic death, the Movement Against Torture added his name to their group to highlight and honour his sacrifice.

In the Chilean National Commission of Truth and Reconciliation, death as a consequence of political violence was how Sebastiáns’ demise was described. Roberta notes that his death: “gave a public acknowledgement of the desperate situation people lived during those years and gave his family the right to reparations.”

(Bacic, 2012) Stitching together nonviolence and “Movement Against Torture, Sebastián Acevedo (MCTSA)”.

Owner: Oshima Hakko Museum collection, Japan
Location: Oshima Hakko Museum, Japan
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Martin Melaugh
Provenance: Oshima Hakko Museum, Japan.

Textile Detail Image(s)

  A public demonstration by the group 'Movement Against Torture Sebastián Acevedo',  which is depicted in the textiles 'Movimiento contra la tortura / Movement against torture'. (Photo: Roberta Bacic's personal archive)