Como alitas del chincol
Direção Vivienne Barry
Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos
During the years of the Chilean dictatorship, women and relatives of imprisoned and disappeared people, used to meet and stitch small tapestry pieces. Through the fragments of sewn fabrics, they retold the experiences of repression, of the bodies in collective graves, and shared the problems that affected people's daily lives during the Pinochet tyranny (19773-1990). The arpilleras served as a poetic and political support that communicated and denounced at the same time. The first workshops came up in Chilean churches, in association with the Pro Peace Committee, the Grouping of Relatives of Missing Inmates, and later with the Vicariate of Solidarity and other organizations. There are different collections in institutions such as the Museum of Memory and Human Rights and the Museum of Solidarity Salvador Allende, both in the city of Santiago de Chile. The collection exhibited at Biennial 12 belongs to the Museum of Memory and Human Rights. These fabrics are witnesses of resistance and solidarity practices. They warn of the social pain that comes along with the militarization of daily life and the suspension of democracy's rights. They also recall the violence and disappearances during the military dictatorship in Chile.