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    'Vamos a la playa en micro / Let's go to the beach by bus' Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
    'Vamos a la playa en micro / Let's go to the beach by bus' Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


    Title of Textile:Vamos a la playa en micro / Let's go to the beach by bus
    Maker: Anonymous
    Country of Origin: Chile
    Year Produced: 1977c
    Size (cm): 67cm x 62 cm
    Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
    Type of Textile: Arpillera

    This piece was made in an arpillera workshop, most likely in Santiago, during some of the worst years of the Pinochet dictatorship. Prompted by the facilitator, the participants, who were mainly mothers of the disappeared, depict a memory of happier times to give them strength to cope with the violence of the present era.

    Here we see a minibus, travelling to the beach along the popular Ovalle Negrete route, packed to capacity with passengers and their belongings. For an instant, we, like them, imagine ourselves stretched out on the warm sand, watching the sailing boats glide by and feeling the hot sun in our bones. For that brief moment, we may forget the harshness of our lives back home and remember previous beach trips when we were surrounded by our children. Now, as adults, many of them are disappeared.

    These affordable day trips to the beach, in the midst of a repressive regime, were also a form of peaceful protest by working class people. It symbolised their hope for a better future.

    Owner: Conflict Textiles collection. Provenance Arpillera collection, Kinderhilfe, Chile/Bonn
    Location: Marina Vinyes Albes, Sant Pol de Mar, Barcelona
    Original / Replica: original
    Photographer: Martin Melaugh

    Textile exhibited at: 'Arpilleras Aus Chile' -Eine Retrospektive, 6/05/2010 - 28/05/2010
    Chilean Arpilleras of Yesterday and Today: Textile Ambassadors, 16/09/2010 - 16/09/2010
    Stitching Peace: An exhibition of Arpilleras and Quilts, 16/02/2011 - 18/03/2011
    Stitching Peace: An exhibition of arpilleras and quilts, 17/05/2011 - 25/05/2011
    Arpilleras: Community Action and Empowerment through Narrative Textile Art, 6/03/2012 - 6/04/2012
    Arpilleras Poéticas y recital del poeta chileno Jaime Huenún, 10/11/2012 - 15/12/2012
    Chilean Arpilleras, 29/06/2016 - 29/06/2016
    Arpillera Voices and Echoes , 6/10/2016 - 14/11/2016
    Arpilleras viajeras: Chilenas y de otras latitudes, 16/11/2016 - 12/12/2016
    Art and Human Rights Network Day , 20/06/2017 - 20/06/2017
    Textile Language of Conflicts, 6/11/2017 - 10/11/2017
    Huellas: puntadas y caminares de la memoria / Footprints: memory stitches and steps , 29/09/2018 - 4/11/2018

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