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    'Arpillera: Bienvenida a las personas refugiadas - Identificándose con ellas / Welcome Refugees - Identifying with them', by participants at the International Arpillera's Forum, Gernika, Basque Country 2016.  (Photo: Idoia Orbe)
    'Arpillera: Bienvenida a las personas refugiadas - Identificándose con ellas / Welcome Refugees - Identifying with them', by participants at the International Arpillera's Forum, Gernika, Basque Country 2016. (Photo: Idoia Orbe)

     

    Title of Textile:Bienvenida a las personas refugiadas - Identificándose con ellas / Welcome Refugees - Identifying with them
    Maker: Participants at the International Arpillera's Forum, Gernika, 2016
    Country of Origin: Basque Country
    Year Produced: 2016
    Size (cm): 57cm (w) x 70cm (h)
    Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
    Type of Textile: Arpillera
    Description:

    This collective piece was made during a workshop which was part of the International Arpillera's Forum, 2016. Participants had a choice of two workshops, this one titled “Identifying with refugees”. As participants came from many different countries, textile was the common language. Somehow, the women transcended language barriers and created this arpillera, welcoming refugees. Foremost in their minds was the memory of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy who drowned on 2nd September 2015 in the Mediterranean Sea, enroute to Europe with his family.

    Here we see a diverse group of people on the shore welcoming the newcomers. This conveys the image of Gernika as a place where people of diverse cultures and backgrounds live together.

    Owner: Fundación Museo de la Paz de Gernika, Basque country / Spain
    Location: Museo de la Paz de Gernika, Basque country / Spain
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Idoia Orbe





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