Suitcases: Telling Textile Travels
Presented by Conflict Textiles as part of Platforma 6
Commissoned by Counterpoints Arts
“Suitcases: Telling Textile Travels” is an online exhibition which will incorporate over 20 international textiles from the Conflict Textiles collection focused on global displacement, both historical and current, its multiple impacts and the experiences of refugees both before and after they arrive and settle in their host country.
A 10 minute film will offer an in depth insight to the textiles. It will bridge the gap between viewing them in an actual physical exhibition and online, in that it will emphasise their three dimensional, tactile nature and facilitate greater engagement by the viewer.
There will also be an online guided tour, date to be confirmed,
Several related Conflict Textiles initiatives are taking place in the context of Refugee week 2021, in Limavady (Northern Ireland), Letterkenny (Republic of Ireland), Buenos Aires and Catalonia.
The Story behind Conflict Textiles
Conflict Textiles has its origins in an exhibition The Art of Survival: International and Irish Quilts which was held at nine venues across Derry ~ Londonderry in early 2008. This exhibition, which also featured Chilean arpilleras (three dimensional textiles from Latin America, which originated in Chile) was the result of collaboration between Derry City Council Heritage and Museum Services and The Junction with guest curator Roberta Bacic.
Beginning the digital archive
At an early stage, due to the level of interest, it was deemed necessary to begin the process of compiling a digital record of the first and subsequent exhibitions and other associated events. This initial website entitled, The Art of Survival: International and Irish Quilts, was compiled by Martin Melaugh and Roberta Bacic as part of an AHRC-funded project on victims, survivors and commemoration in post-conflict Northern Ireland. Since 2008, Martin Melaugh, in his role as CAIN Director with the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), Ulster University, has continued to maintain this site. As the amount of information expanded it was decided in 2014 to produce a more interactive website with more sophisticated searching facilities. Mike McCool, ICT Manager at INCORE, designed the new site and wrote the programs to enable the searching facilities and output tables to function. The Conflict Textiles site was launched on 19 November 2015.
Image photo Martin Melaugh, © Conflict Textiles
Auf der Flucht 1945 / Fleeing in 1945
German arpillera, Mara Loytved-Hardegg, 2010
Conflict Textiles collection