Feature Image: Detail from Olla común en una población/Soup kitchen in a barrio, Chilean Arpillera, Taller Fundación Missio, Santiago, 1982 Photo Martin Melaugh
Roberta Bacic, a Chilean resident of Ireland and Professor of Philosophy and Human Rights, will speak about the role of political arpilleras in resisting and responding to state repression.
Arpilleras are tapestries or quilts sewn by women that ‘speak out’ visually about political repression and human rights abuses through their stitches which convey processes of resistance, memory and the search for truth and justice in a context of repression.
Roberta is a keynote speaker at the Third International Visual Methods conference in Wellington hosted by Victoria University and Te Papa. Since 2008, Roberta has curated more than 30 international exhibitions of arpilleras. (For details of her Wellington exhibition, see here). Over time, these exhibitions have expanded from arpilleras from Pinochet’s Chile, to include expressions of loss, protest and healing from around the world.
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