Sunday, 2 October 2022

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'Ausencias - Presencias 2 / Absences – Presences 2', by
Ana Zlatkes. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
'Ausencias - Presencias 2 / Absences – Presences 2', by Ana Zlatkes. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Title of Textile:Ausencias - Presencias 2 / Absences – Presences 2
Maker: Ana Zlatkes
Country of Origin: Argentina
Year Produced: 2015
Size (cm): 60cm x 70cm
Materials: Collage of images transferred to canvas, small pieces of discarded fabrics, sewing and embroidery threads.
Type of Textile: Arpillera

The military dictatorship led by Lieutenant General Videla in Argentina from 1976-1983 was characterised by human rights violations, forced disappearances and illegal arrests. Abducted pregnant women, who gave birth in detention centres were then generally killed whilst many of their babies were illegally adopted by military or political families.These atrocities seeded the beginnings of the Abuelas (Grandmothers) de Plaza de Mayo in 1977, a non-governmental organization which highlighted and investigated the disappearances of their children and grandchildren.

In this arpillera, exhibited in "Women that Sew Days Together" Buenos Aires, 2015 we see these grandmothers marching around the obelisk in front of the government buildings in Plaza de Mayo. Every Thursday, for over forty years, they have continued this action, protesting and denouncing the disappearance of their loved ones, and demanding answers.

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

Textile exhibited at: Mujeres que Hilvanan Días / Women that Sew Days Together, 5/03/2015 - 10/04/2015
Arpilleras de América Latina: Mujeres cosedoras de vida , 19/03/2016 - 24/04/2016
LA VIDA QUE SE TEJE Tejidos de América Latina por la memoria y la vida, 11/05/2016 - 10/07/2016
Textile Language of Conflicts, 6/11/2017 - 10/11/2017
Justicia Transicional y Arte-Textil / Transitional Justice and Art-Textile, 24/09/2018 - 18/10/2018
Embracing Human Rights, 5/11/2019 - 18/12/2019
Embracing Human Rights: Conflict Textiles’ Journey, 9/01/2020 - 31/07/2020
Following the footsteps of the disappeared, 30/08/2020 - 30/08/2021
Following the Footsteps of the Disappeared 2021, 31/08/2021 - 20/12/2021
Following in the Footsteps of the Disappeared, 13/10/2021 - 13/10/2021
Tras las huellas de los/as desaparecidos/as, 10/01/2022 - 5/02/2022

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