My Journey into Conflict and the World of Arpilleras, Part 1 (of 3)

Happy New year, dear Stitched Voices blog followers and friends! We have some more interesting and varied blog posts lined up for you, to make 2018 another year of explorations into the world of conflict textiles. We start with the relaunch of the first part of artist Eileen Harrisson's reflections on her personal "Journey into Conflict and the World of Arpilleras". Enjoy reading!

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Collective art as resistance and activism: The arpillera “We are seeds”

The arpillera "We are seeds" was not made to be exhibited in an arts gallery. It was made to protest - against environmental pollution caused by the oil industry, forced diappernaces and other injustices in Mexico. Learn more about this disobedient object and its protest life in Jimena Pardo's guest post.

Conflict Textiles: meaning and interpretation

Related to the question discussed in previous posts of whether the pieces in our exhibition were “art”, there was some contestation around whether conflict textiles have an aesthetic value as such, whether what counts is the story of their origin/the story they tell, or whether they are also a form of testimony about human rights abuses that the respective perpetrators try to sweep under the carpet. Let's discuss!

On Stitching the Search…

"[A]s someone who greatly appreciates written words, my favourite piece was a textile displayed at the Aberystwyth exhibition titled Hilvanando la busqueda, or in English 'Stitching the search'." In this guest post, Amal Abu-Bakare talks about her favourite exhibit and the experience of giving guided tours of Stitched Voiced. Read more here.