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    'Aleppo school / Escuela en Aleppo, Siria', by Linda Adams. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
    'Aleppo school / Escuela en Aleppo, Siria', by Linda Adams. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


    Title of Textile:Aleppo school / Escuela en Aleppo, Siria
    Maker: Linda Adams
    Country of Origin: England
    Year Produced: 2016
    Size (cm): 32cm (w) x 42cm (l)
    Materials: Recycled furnishing fabrics and clothing hand sewn onto burlap
    Type of Textile: Arpillera

    In March 2011, inspired by the Arab Spring, Syrians took to the streets, demanding reform of the oppressive Assad regime. Repression of these nonviolent protests by Syrian Armed Forces & Allied militia was immediate and brutal. Soon the conflict escalated into civil war between government and rebel forces, with both sides aided by a proliferation of armed groups and powerful external players. By the end of 2018, more than 400,000 had died because of the conflict, 6.2 million were internally displaced and an estimated 11.7 million people were in need of humanitarian assistance.

    Thousands of miles away in England, arpillerista Linda Adams was shocked at the images of Syrian children caught in the chaos of war. Digging deeper she “watched newsreel film and read first hand reports for days” and with needle and thread she stepped into their world. In this piece, as the barrel bombing continues relentlessly overhead we descend into an underground school, where teachers, at great risk to their own safety, persist in educating their students.

    Absent children and adults, killed during the war “are represented …as shadows in the spaces where they would have been.” Children's drawings cover the walls, a common sight in schools worldwide. Linda reminds us that these images “came from children's drawings [in] Aleppo [and] show things children shouldn’t have to see.”

    Linda is mindful of the fact that that “new news [items] … push stories like this away from the front pages”. She had hoped that her work would bring “some attention and understanding” to the Syrian conflict, where people continue to suffer bombardment, displacement and gross human rights’ violations.

    Owner: Conflict Textiles collection
    Location: Fundació Ateneu Sant Roc (Badalona)
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Martin Melaugh

    Textile exhibited at: War-Torn Children, 1/03/2017 - 15/04/2017
    War-Torn Children , 17/07/2017 - 28/07/2017
    War-Torn Children, 2/10/2017 - 27/10/2017
    War-Torn Children, 8/02/2018 - 24/03/2018
    Arpilerak: Memoriaren Haritik Etorkizuna Josten / Arpilleras: Al Hilo De La Memoria, 12/04/2018 - 24/04/2018
    ARIPILLERAS: AL HILO DE LA MEMORIA, TEJIENDO FUTURO / Arpilleras: Knitting the Future, 25/04/2018 - 30/05/2018
    War-Torn Children, 5/09/2018 - 29/11/2018
    Threads, War and Conflict, 3/04/2019 - 29/04/2019
    II encuentro internacional de arte textil y resistencia, 22/08/2019 - 24/08/2019
    Tras las huellas de los/as desaparecidos/as , 29/08/2019 - 31/08/2019
    #DerechosdelNiño / #DretsdelsInfants / #ChildrensRights, 10/11/2020 - 29/01/2021
    #ChildrensRights / #DerechosdelNiño / #DretsdelsInfants , 15/03/2021 - 6/06/2021
    Nonviolence in Action: Antimilitarism in the 21st Century, 24/03/2021 - 31/12/2021
    Tras las Huellas de las Arpilleras / Following the footsteps of the Arpilleras , 27/04/2021 - 27/04/2021

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