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    'Escuela en la población / School in a población', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
    'Escuela en la población / School in a población', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


    Title of Textile:Escuela en la población / School in a población
    Maker: Anonymous
    Country of Origin: Chile
    Year Produced: 1980c
    Size (cm): 89cm x 59cm
    Materials: Scraps of material handsewn onto burlap
    Type of Textile: Arpillera

    This arpillera belongs to a series of three big arpilleras, the complete size of a flour sack, with a specific focus on each. This particular piece titled: "Vida cotidiana poblacional; vamos a la escuela." depicts dwellers in a shantytown community of Santiago going about their daily routines, engaged in a myriad of family, community and economic activities.

    On the left hand side we see a very small school where children are engrossed in their lessons and play activities. Here in this neighbourhood, where life is a daily struggle for the majority, education remains at the heart of the community, highlighting the resilience of families in finding local solutions during the dictatorship. Attending classes in these small schools also protected children from being involved in riots or detained for breaking curfew.

    Owner: Conflict Textiles collection. Provenance Kinderhilfe arpillera collection, Chile/Bonn
    Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Martin Melaugh

    Textile exhibited at: Arpilleras y cotidianeidad femenina, 5/10/2013 - 7/11/2013
    Mujeres que Hilvanan Días / Women that Sew Days Together, 5/03/2015 - 10/04/2015
    Arpilleras de América Latina: Mujeres cosedoras de vida , 19/03/2016 - 24/04/2016
    LA VIDA QUE SE TEJE Tejidos de América Latina por la memoria y la vida, 11/05/2016 - 10/07/2016
    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
    War-Torn Children, 5/09/2018 - 29/11/2018
    Poesie des Nähens / The Poetry of Stitching, 17/01/2020 - 8/03/2020
    (Des) Tejiendo Miradas / (Un-) Stitching Gazes , 15/01/2021 - 1/03/2021

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