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    'Mi Guernica / My Gernika' by Edurne Mestraitua. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
    'Mi Guernica / My Gernika' by Edurne Mestraitua. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

     

    Title of Textile:Mi Guernica / My Gernika
    Maker: Edurne Mestraitua
    Country of Origin: Basque Country
    Year Produced: 2017
    Size (cm): 75cm (w) x 48cm (l)
    Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
    Type of Textile: Arpillera
    Description:

    In the late afternoon of a busy market day in Gernika on 26th April 1937, the German air force in league with General Franco, bombed Gernika. The town was reduced to a smouldering ruin and over 1650 people were killed.

    Edurne’s family was deeply affected by this devastating event. Over 80 years later she has narrated her memories in “Mi Guernica”, through workshops facilitated by Idoia Orbe, as part of the exhibition, “COSIENDO PAZ: Conflicto, Arpilleras, Memoria / STITCHING PEACE: Conflict, Arpilleras, Memory”. In her textile interpretation of Picasso’s Gernika, she uses a pillowcase, which is a precious family heirloom, as backing.

    She recalls: “My mother as a child lived the terrible bombardment herself, and … repeated this story again and again. Though my father lived it too, he never spoke about [it]”.

    Owner: Edurne Mestraitua
    Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Martin Melaugh





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      'Mi Guernica / My Gernika' by Edurne Mestraitua. (Photo-detail 1: Martin Melaugh)  'Mi Guernica / My Gernika' by Edurne Mestraitua. (Photo-detail 2: Martin Melaugh)  'Mi Guernica / My Gernika' by Edurne Mestraitua. (Photo-detail 2: Martin Melaugh)  'Mi Guernica / My Gernika' by Edurne Mestraitua. (Photo-reverse side detail: Martin Melaugh)