Sewing Stories of Displacement
Museum of International Folk Art
Feb 16, 2020 through Mar 28, 2021


Sewing Stories of Displacement

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.

For more information, contact Carrie Hertz at (505) 476-1222 or carrie.hertz@state.nm.us


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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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