24th March: 2.00pm
Arpilleras: Appliqué Art and Democracy in Chile
In this talk Lorna Dillon discusses Chilean craftivism with Erika Silva, an applique artist and social activist from Chile.
Erika is an arpillerista (appliqué artist) and an expert in Chilean arpilleras. She will speak about the original arpillera movement in Chile, which began during the dictatorship of the 1970s.
There were widespread disappearances during the dictatorship and groups of shantytown women used fabric art to communicate about the human rights abuses being carried out by the military.
Erika will also speak about her work with the contemporary art group Memorarte. Groups like Memorarte continue the work of the original arpilleristas, using their art to campaign on issues of social justice today.
This discussion will be facilitated by Dr Lorna Dillon, Leverhulme Fellow at Ulster University as part of the research project Textile Art in Latin America.
This event has been supported by the Leverhulme Trust.