Lecture: Arpilleras: Evolution and Revolution

Chilean curator Roberta Bacic is a keynote speaker at the Third International Visual Methods conference in Wellington hosted by Victoria University and Te Papa. While in Wellington, she will also present a public lecture at Te Papa on the fascinating and politically-significant stories of arpilleras on Monday September 2 at 6.30pm.

Olla común en una población/Soup kitchen in a barrio Chilean Arpillera, Taller Fundación Missio, Santiago, 1982 Photo Martin Melaugh

Olla común en una población/Soup kitchen in a barrio
Chilean Arpillera, Taller Fundación Missio, Santiago, 1982 Photo Martin Melaugh

Arpilleras – tapestries or quilts sewn by women that ‘speak out’ visually about political repression and human rights abuses through their stitches – convey processes of resistance, memory and the search for truth and justice in a context of repression.

Since 2008, Roberta has curated more than 30 international exhibitions of arpilleras. Over time, these exhibitions have expanded from arpilleras from Pinochet’s Chile, to include expressions of loss, protest and healing from around the world.

For more information and to book visit the Friends of Te Papa web page.

Monday September 2, 2013 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Soundings Theatre, Te Papa, Wellington

Cost: Friends of Te Papa $10, Guests $15

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