Tuesday, 17 May 2022
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    'Vamos a la playa en micro / Let's go to the beach by bus' Anonymous. (Photo: Roser Corbera)
    'Vamos a la playa en micro / Let's go to the beach by bus' Anonymous. (Photo: Roser Corbera)


    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. The participants - all of whom had family members or relatives who were disappeared - were prompted by the facilitator to draw on and depict memories of a happier time. As the women shaped their pieces, their dominant focus was on remembering and celebrating their disappeared relatives rather than on anger at the human rights abuses perpetrated by the dictatorship. This focus gave them a brief reprieve and strength to cope with the violence of the present era.

    The woman who completed this arpillera had two sons who were disappeared. She depicts travelling to the beach along the popular minibus Ovalle Negrete route, the vehicle packed to capacity with passengers and their belongings. For an instant, we, like her, imagine ourselves stretched out on the warm sand, watching the sailing boats glide by and feeling the hot sun in our bones. As she works on the piece, she may forget the harshness of her present life and revisit these beach trips, surrounded by her boys, now disappeared

    These affordable day trips to the beach, continued during the Pinochet regime and 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: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Roser Corbera

    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
    Conflict, Peace: Our journey, our future, 14/09/2020 - 31/10/2020
    #DerechosdelNiño / #DretsdelsInfants / #ChildrensRights, 10/11/2020 - 29/01/2021
    #ChildrensRights / #DerechosdelNiño / #DretsdelsInfants , 15/03/2021 - 6/06/2021

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