Friday, 30 September 2022

Textile Details

'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: 1976c
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: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
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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