Sunday, 29 January 2023

Textile Details

'Mujer Paloma / Dove Woman', Olinda Gutiérrez. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
'Mujer Paloma / Dove Woman', Olinda Gutiérrez. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Title of Textile:Mujer Paloma / Dove Woman
Maker: Olinda Gutiérrez, Mujeres Creativas, Lima
Country of Origin: Peru
Year Produced: 1985
Size (cm): 65cm (l) x 55cm (w)
Materials: embroidery thread on burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera

Alicia Villanueva, coordinator of Movimiento Manuela Ramos in Peru gave this arpillera as a gift to curator Roberta Bacic, whom she had met through the arpillera world. Alicia was gifted this piece from Olinda Gutiérrez, a volunteer in the organisation, who created it to represent the dire situation of women in Peru in the 1980s.

The arpillerista felt very oppressed. The facial expression, the tears and the barbed wire enclosure all convey a sense of brokenness and lack of freedom. She wanted to fly like a bird, as represented by the dove. By giving it to Alicia, she enabled it - an extension of herself - to fly to places she would never physically travel to.

Since it was first exhibited in “Cultural Stories in Textiles”, in Northern Ireland, 2010, it has flown to many places. This latest “flight” to London and Chile represents the wishes of the maker Olinda, articulated with embroidery thread on burlap, more than 30 years ago.

Owner: Ulster Museum collection. Acquired from Conflict Textiles collection (2022).
Location: Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Martin Melaugh

Textile exhibited at: Cultural Stories in Textiles, 25/02/2010 - 27/02/2010
The Politics of the Mundane in Chilean and Other Arpilleras, 27/08/2010 - 29/08/2010
Arpilleras and the Poetry of Survival, 10/05/2011 - 9/06/2011
Latin American Myth Deconstruction, 15/06/2018 - 18/06/2018
Neo Norte, 9/08/2018 - 2/09/2018
Con-textualising Memory / Con-textualizando la memoria, 10/12/2021 - 10/12/2021
The Troubles and Beyond, 20/12/2021 - 28/06/2022

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