Actions and Detail Panel
Stitched Voices Exhibition
Sat, 25 Mar 2017, 10:00 – Sat, 13 May 2017, 23:00 GMT
This free entry exhibition is dedicated to textile narratives of struggles against violence, injustice, oppression and forgetting; from Wales, Chile, Mexico, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Spain, Colombia and Germany. The core of the exhibition consists of textiles from the international Conflict Textiles collection. Additionally, there are two thematic sections, with textiles from Wales and Mexico, which speak to the topics of conflict, injustice, solidarity and protest. The Wales section is comprised of Welsh quilts and sewn banners from local artists and activists on topics of peace, protest and solidarity. The Mexico section includes embroidered handkerchiefs, which have been created by the ‘Embroidering for Peace’ movement, expressing local resistance against the current violence and impunity in Mexico and the solidarity of people around the world with the victims and bereaved of this violence.
An associated programme of activities such as textile workshops, film screenings, and roundtable discussions about textile art, politics, violence and resistance will take place from January to May 2017. Events will involve contributions from, and reach out to, Welsh textile artists, community groups interested in textiles and/or peace, schools in Mid-Wales, as well as Aberystwyth University student societies and academic departments, including the School of Arts.
The exhibition and associated programme is organised by Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara, Christine Andrä, Lydia Cole, and Danielle House, Department of International politics, Aberystwyth University in cooperation with Aberystwyth Art Centre.
Local contributions include the Ceredigion Museum, Eileen Harrisson, School of Art, Aberystwyth University, and Becky Knight (textile artist, Aberystwyth), among many others.
Commissioned by: Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University
Date(s): 25th March 2017 - 13th May 2017Venue:Gallery 1, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3DE, Wales.
Curator: Roberta Bacic, curator; Breege Doherty, assistant curator
Facilitator: Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara & colleagues from the Dept. of International Politics
Outcome: The exhibition and events programme aim at inspiring a long-term interest among local textile groups in politics-related themes, and at fostering understanding among politically interested persons and academics of the value of a serious engagement with textiles as sources and archives of ‘stitched voices of resistance’. As a more tangible result, the facilitators plan to voice their experiences of the entire process through the medium of arpillera.