Wednesday, 21 February 2024

Textile Details

'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, environmental destruction and climate change, articulated at the COP28 Conference (December 2023). Overall, it reflects a community united against the odds.

Owner: Conflict Textiles collection
Location: c/o Alejandra Wolff Rojas, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Martin Melaugh
Provenance: Robert Miller, USA

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
Arpilleras Poéticas, 7/12/2023 - 12/02/2024
Archivos Textiles: memorias que persisten, 12/02/2024 - 17/03/2024

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