Embroidering, weaving, unstitching and unravelling objects and narratives together.
In this event participants will be able to tell their stories of ‘Living London’ in fabric and words, giving form to ways of thinking about our relationship to the city and its history, the urban environment, and the stories and histories of migration that bring us here. We will create an arpillera during the event – a Latin American type of popular tapestry, which has been used to record personal and group testimonies and stories throughout this century, as well as invite participants to make short sound recordings. Throughout the day we will be exploring the process of translating this Latin American cultural expression into a new environment.
What does it mean to tell our own stories of here and now in a city of movement and transition like London, through a creative form borrowed from elsewhere? Participants in the event will also experience the retelling of another story of fabrication in the dramatised reading of Tres Marias y una Rosa, by David Benavente and Taller de Investigación Teatral (1979). This Chilean play tells of a group of women making testimonial arpilleras during the military dictatorship. Its key themes of poverty, work, creation as an act of presence, and the place of women in the home and in the city resonate with the London context of the event.
This event is followed by readings and performances from the plays, 19.00-20.30.
Coordinated by Catherine Boyle, Professor of Latin American Cultural Studies and Elisa Sampson Vera Tudela, Senior Lecturer in Spanish American Studies at King’s College London.
Linda Adams is a UK based artist who deals largely with contemporary political issues and frequently works with tapestry and fabric.
Roberta Bacic is a Chilean Human Rights advocate and researcher who has curated more than 70 international exhibitions of arpilleras and associated events. Over time, these exhibitions have expanded from arpilleras from Pinochet’s Chile to include textiles narratives of loss, resistance, protest and healing from around the world.
Members of the Chile SCDA, a community organization set up to provide support and services to the resident Chilean and Latin American community in Sheffield and South Yorkshire, the home of an important number of Chileans.
Head for Heights Theatre Group takes a unique approach to producing theatre in translation, using the experience and knowledge of actors, directors, and community participants to aid their translators to develop scripts which are culturally appropriate for British audiences.
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