Expressing the tragedy & loss suffered as a result of Pinochet’s dictatorship

By: Sophie Mei Lan, Veritamag. June 21, 2013   An exhibition has opened this week displaying the work of Chilean exiles who fled to the UK.

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The arpilleras exhibition opened this week at Abbeyfield House to over 100 invited guests. Pedro Fuentes gave a moving speech telling of the remarkable resolve of over one million Chileans who were thrown into exile following the Coup d’Etat led by General Augusto Pinochet on September 11th 1973, against the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende. The arpilleras are patchwork pieces made by the Chilean community to memorialise their journeys through the Coup d’Etat. Thousands of Chileans disappeared and Roberta Bacic, researcher and curator of Arpilleras from University of Ulster (www.cain.ulst.ac.uk/quilts) showed quilts made from the pyjamas and clothes from men who died in prison.

Sheffield and Rotherham accepted a considerable number of Chilean exiles: the third largest intake in the UK after London and Manchester. Many of the original South Yorkshire Chilean community were there to greet guests to share their celebration of achievements and the tragedy and loss suffered as a result of Pinochet’s dictatorship.

 Link to the full story: Veritamag

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