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    'Una Mirada a mi Tierra Desde el Barco / A Look to my Homeland from the Boat', by Francisca Báez Avila. (Photo: Roser Corbera)
    'Una Mirada a mi Tierra Desde el Barco / A Look to my Homeland from the Boat', by Francisca Báez Avila. (Photo: Roser Corbera)


    Title of Textile:Una Mirada a mi Tierra Desde el Barco / A Look to my Homeland from the Boat
    Maker: Francisca Báez Avila
    Country of Origin: Catalonia / Spain
    Year Produced: 2009
    Size (cm): 47cm X 50 cm
    Materials: Scraps of material sewn onto burlap
    Type of Textile: Arpillera

    This arpillera by Francisca Báez Avila, Barcelona, Spain, was made for International Women’s Day 2009, during a 12 session course at Fundacio Ateneu San Roc, facilitated by María Viñolo and Alba Pérez.

    Francisca, 67 years old at the time of making this arpillera, shared with the facilitators the story behind it: “This is the story of the time I came from Tangiers. I was 21 at the time and had already had my daughter. My parents lived in Tangiers as they had emigrated when they were young. I lived happy there [during] my childhood and youth. At the time the Arabs wanted their independence, by 1957, things changed. Spaniards preferred to leave [rather than remain and endure] misery. My husband and I wanted to stay and adapt, though my parents were very old and did not want to die there. They wanted to come back to Spain as they had nothing.

    This is what I saw from the ship that came to Spain. I could see the Mosque, the Church, the school. Churches and mosques were very beautiful. They are emblematic buildings of different styles. It is all rather run down now as there is no money, there is misery, and it is not like it was.

    In my representation of the boat I tell the story of how I crossed the strait, with my daughter clinging to me as she was about seven months old. I have also depicted some small men that are drowning or dying. This to show the situation some Arabs were undergoing at the time they crossed the strait, sometimes, dying.

    The first time I arrived here, as I left the train station in France, I saw the sky so dark and grey that I was shocked. That is why I have depicted the sky so bright, as I remember it from Tangiers and with its beautiful sea."

    Owner: Fundació Ateneu Sant Roc collection, Catalonia / Spain
    Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Roser Corbera

    Textile exhibited at: Arpilleras that Cry Out, 22/06/2009 - 10/07/2009
    Finding Our Voices -The Power of Arpilleras, 26/09/2009 - 30/10/2009
    Textiles with a Story, 4/12/2009 - 4/12/2009
    Arpillera Voices and Echoes , 6/10/2016 - 14/11/2016
    Arpilleras viajeras: Chilenas y de otras latitudes, 16/11/2016 - 12/12/2016
    Textile Language of Conflicts, 6/11/2017 - 10/11/2017
    Huellas: puntadas y caminares de la memoria / Footprints: memory stitches and steps , 29/09/2018 - 4/11/2018

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