Sewing Stories of Displacement 2/16/20 – 9/27/20

Feb 16, 2020 through Sep 27, 2020

Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, moments of violence, political upheaval, and natural disaster have led to the displacement of entire communities. Since the 1960s, displaced people throughout the world—women, men, and children—have embroidered the stories of their forced migrations, new transitions, and memories of more stable lives. Through these textiles, they have been able to document their experiences, share their perspectives, and often, supplement their income during desperate times.

The Train Station, 1979. This gabba, chain-stitched embroidery on felted wool, illustrates the forced migration of Kahuta residents after the area became a site for the national atomic bomb project in 1976. Unknown artist, Pakistan. MOIFA, IFAF Collection, FA.1985.464.13.

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Detention Center (arpillera), ca. 1978

Lanzamiento [Eviction] (arpillera), ca. 1976

The Train Station (gabba), 1979

El barco hundiéndose en alta mar [Boat Sinking on the High Seas] (bordado), 1975

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