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    'No más contaminación/ No more pollution', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
    'No más contaminación/ No more pollution', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


    Title of Textile:No más contaminación / No more pollution
    Maker: Anonymous
    Country of Origin: Chile
    Year Produced: 1985c
    Size (cm): 47cm (w) x 37cm (l)
    Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
    Type of Textile: Arpillera

    This piece was acquired at the Vicaría de la Solidaridad by Robert Miller when he visited Chile in the early 1990s. He later wrote a paper on Chilean Women's Resistance which gives an account of what he saw and experienced while there.

    The arpillera on display opens a window into the life of a poor shantytown in the suburbs of Santiago in the 1980s. Affected by pollution and the fumes of cars and public transport, the community is taking action. Some are denouncing the situation through a banner that reads: 'No more smog'. Some of the women are covering their mouths and noses with a mask.

    The piece mirrors the present global concern about pollution. Overall, it reflects a community united against the odds.

    Owner: Conflict Textiles collection. Provenance Robert Miller, USA
    Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Martin Melaugh

    Textile exhibited at: Stitching Resistance, 12/10/2010 - 16/01/2011
    Arpilleras e resistência política no Chile , 30/07/2011 - 30/10/2011
    Arpilleras of Chilean political resistance , 22/03/2012 - 5/06/2012
    Arpilleras Poéticas y recital del poeta chileno Jaime Huenún, 10/11/2012 - 15/12/2012
    RETAZOS TESTIMONIALES: arpilleras de Chile y otras latitudes, 28/09/2013 - 10/11/2013
    Women 31 , 7/03/2014 - 15/04/2014
    Arpilleras: Verhalen over leven / Arpilleras: stories of life and survival, 23/09/2015 - 20/11/2015
    ARPILLERAS: verhalen over leven ARPILLERAS: stories of life and survival, 16/01/2016 - 24/02/2016
    Enduring Life: Arpillera Voices, 11/05/2016 - 15/07/2016
    Arpillera Voices and Echoes , 6/10/2016 - 14/11/2016
    Arpilleras viajeras: Chilenas y de otras latitudes, 16/11/2016 - 12/12/2016
    Stitching Memoryscape 「記憶風景を縫う」, 30/05/2017 - 12/06/2017
    Stitching Memoryscape 「記憶風景を縫う」, 29/08/2017 - 3/09/2017
    Latin American Village, 16/02/2018 - 16/02/2018
    Embracing Human Rights, 5/11/2019 - 18/12/2019
    Embracing Human Rights: Conflict Textiles’ Journey, 9/01/2020 - 31/07/2020

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