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    'Homenaje a los caídos / Homage to fallen ones', Anonymous. (Photo: Colin Peck)
    'Homenaje a los caídos / Homage to fallen ones', Anonymous. (Photo: Colin Peck)


    Title of Textile:Homenaje a los caídos / Homage to the fallen ones
    Maker: Anonymous
    Country of Origin: Chile
    Year Produced: 1970s
    Size (cm): 49cm (w) x 38cm (l)
    Materials: Scraps of materials hand sewn onto flour sack
    Type of Textile: Arpillera

    In this arpillera, dominated by black, the sun is absent and the Andes are in monotone. In the background, villagers, unable to pay for electricity, tap into the main power supply. The road is lined with candles in remembrance of the disappeared. One person carries leaflets protesting against torture. Some women lie on the road, resolute in their quest of denouncing torture and disappearance and demanding truth. Overall, we are confronted with a multitude of sombre images; grim reminders of the far reaching consequences of the Pinochet dictatorship.

    Based on direct testimonies, Elizabeth Lira, in Mujeres Historias chilenas del siglo XX, (Chile, LOM Ediciones, April 2011) describes the relentless struggle of families of the disappeared in Chile, a struggle echoed in many other situations of conflict: “[They] … have kept their pleas demanding to know what happened, … placing in the centre of their lives the activities of denouncing and looking for their missing relative, hoping to find them alive. Hope is the fuel of their search that does not end.”

    Owner: Conflict Textiles collection. Provenance Fátima Miralles, Spain
    Location: c/o Vesna Terselic, Director Documenta, Rijeka, Croatia
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Colin Peck

    Textile exhibited at: The Politics of Chilean Arpilleras, 6/02/2008 - 19/04/2008
    Chilean Arpilleras , 11/09/2008 - 11/10/2008
    The Politics of Chilean Arpilleras, 23/09/2008 - 23/09/2008
    The politics of Chilean Arpilleras, 23/10/2008 - 31/10/2008
    Arpilleras that Cry Out, 22/06/2009 - 10/07/2009
    Finding Our Voices -The Power of Arpilleras, 26/09/2009 - 30/10/2009
    The Human Cost of War, 8/11/2009 - 21/11/2009
    Arpilleras: Voices on Tapestries, 8/03/2010 - 31/03/2010
    Arpilleras: Embajadoras para el Bicentenario Quilts/Arpilleras: Ambassadors for the B, 14/04/2010 - 20/05/2010
    Exhibit of Chilean Arpilleras, 20/05/2010 - 22/05/2010
    Stitching Resistance, 12/10/2010 - 16/01/2011
    The Human Cost of War - An Exhibition of Quilts and Arpilleras, 4/11/2010 - 15/01/2011
    Arpilleras e resistência política no Chile , 30/07/2011 - 30/10/2011
    Transforming threads of resistance, 27/02/2012 - 9/03/2012
    Arpilleras of Chilean political resistance , 22/03/2012 - 5/06/2012
    RETAZOS TESTIMONIALES: arpilleras de Chile y otras latitudes, 28/09/2013 - 10/11/2013
    SMALL Actions BIG Movements, 1/07/2014 - 11/07/2014
    Arpilleras Dialogantes / Arpillera Conversations, 28/05/2015 - 28/05/2015
    Overcoming, Remembering: The Politics of Sewing, 8/06/2015 - 12/06/2015
    Arpilleras Bordando à Resistência / Arpilleras Embroidering Resistance, 25/09/2015 - 25/10/2015
    Stitched Legacies of Conflicts , 7/10/2016 - 26/11/2016
    Stitching Memoryscape 「記憶風景を縫う」, 30/05/2017 - 12/06/2017
    Stitching Memoryscape 「記憶風景を縫う」, 1/07/2017 - 9/07/2017
    Stitching Memoryscape 「記憶風景を縫う」, 29/08/2017 - 3/09/2017
    Tkanine otpora: glasovi žena / Textiles of Resistance: Women's Voices , 14/09/2019 - 30/09/2019

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