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Arpillerando el exilio
June 21 @ 08:00 – July 2 @ 17:00
Arpilleras of Exile – An arpillera project about exile and refugee stories of Chilean women living in Chile, Australia, Sweden, Canada, and the UK. The project began as a way to narrate the exile experience, which is especially poignant as this year marks 50 years since the overthrown government of Allende. More than 200,000 Chileans were exiled during the coup and although some were able to return many stayed in their host country.
Some of the first arpilleras were made in Chile during the military coup as a form of resistance between 1973 and 1990. Made from humble fabric scraps and rice and flour sacks, hence the name ‘Arpillera’ which means burlap. They would have been made by the women searching for a loved one or made in one of the many solidarity workshops. We wanted to honour the women who made arpilleras in Chile and to narrate our stories of exile, which although personal, also talk of a shared experience amongst refugees.
The workshops are facilitated online by arpillerista Maria Alicia Salinas Farfan who dedicates her life to making arpilleras about memory.