Between Absence and Presence: The Arpilleras Movement in Chile

Exhibition at MSU Museum, May 30th- Nov. 30th 2019, Ground Floor Gallery

This exhibition featuring Arpilleras (fabric stitched by hand on burlap) highlights Chile’s history of repression and democracy. The Arpilleras have been assembled by Dr. Agosin who has worked with women arpillera artists for many years, promoting their work and documenting their stories.

The collection features artwork from 1970s, during General Augusto Pinochet’s repressive regime to recent times. The artworks commemorate family members “disappeared” by the military and security forces, and depict the difficulties of everyday life of working class women under martial law.

The exhibition runs parallel to “The Edge of Things: Dissident Art under Repressive Regimes,” June 1, 2019 – January 5, 2020. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum (MSU Broad)