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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

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