Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Textile Details

'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 is part of a series of three big arpilleras, the complete size of a flour sack, each with a specific focus. This particular piece titled: "Escuela en la población / School in a población" 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 Pinochet 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
Reflections on Refugees: Communicating through Art, 29/03/2022 - 16/05/2022

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