Transforming Threads of Resistance: Political Arpilleras & Textiles by Women from Chile and Around the World
The Art of Conflict Transformation Event Series is designed as a platform to bring scholars, artists and conflict resolvers to explore the geography of conflict; the spaces in and on which conflict has been imprinted and expressed, and the emerging terrains of resistance, resilience, transformation. From 2008-2010, the Event Series focused on the conflict in and around the north of Ireland/Northern Ireland. In spring 2012, it will host lectures, workshops, a poetry reading, and an online and physical art exhibition focused on women’s acts of resistance to human rights violations in conflict zones throughout the world through their creation of arpilleras (political textiles). Arpilleras will be displayed from a number of countries, with the primary focus on Latin America and particularly Chile.
Political arpilleras were born first in Chile in response to human rights violations during the Pinochet dictatorship, when women sewed the stories of those who faced torture, were imprisoned, and were disappeared; they recorded these experiences of daily life resisting their silencing and naming their realities, demanding the truth and the economic means to care for their families during the repression.
Student Union Gallery: 40 arpilleras from Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, Colombia, Ireland/Northern Ireland, England, Germany, Spain, and Zimbabwe. The exhibition will highlight the role of women in conflict zones in the Global South impacting women in conflict zones in the Global North through their artistic resistance and creative responses to state violence.
Event Series Activities
Launch Lecture: Prof. Roberta Bacic | February 27 | Cape Cod Lounge
Lecture: “Vicarious Resilience" Dr. Pilar Hernandez-Wolfe | February 29
Arpilleras Physical Exhibition | February 27-March 9 | Student Union Gallery
Poetry Reading: Dr. Marjorie Agosin | March 1 | Institute for Holocaust, Genocide & Memory Studies
Graduate Students Reading Group | February-March (6 meetings)
Artistic Responses | March 12-17 | Student Union Gallery
For more information please visit: http://mural.umasslegal.org/
Graduate School and the Legal Studies Program;
Center for Research on Families,
Center for Heritage and Society, Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies, Center for Public Policy & Administration, Department of Political Science, Department of History, Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, National Center of Technology and Dispute Resolution, the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program, the Public History Program,and the Social Justice Mediation Institute, and Women of Color Leadership Network-Every Women Center.