Crafting Resistance: the art of Chilean political prisoners

Friday, 26th January 2018 Onwards

An exhibition co-curated by Jasmine Gideon, Birkbeck, University of London and Gloria Miqueles, Chilean Ex-political prisoner.  Hosted by the University of East London Archives.

Crafting Resistance challenges the idea of political prisoners as ‘passive victims’ which fails to recognise the degree of agency many prisoners retain despite the horrific circumstances they endure. During the military dictatorship of General Pinochet in Chile (1973-1990) hundreds of political prisoners were held in concentration camps throughout the country. In a number of these camps, prisoners organised themselves and crafted items from the very limited materials and improvised tools available to them. The exhibition brings together a collection of these artefacts and reflects on their importance in relation to sustaining the mental health and wellbeing of those incarcerated. These artefacts are now testimony to the mental endurance of all those who were political prisoners under the Pinochet regime.

After a very successful stay at the University of Warwick Modern Records Centre during October-November 2018, the University of East London (UEL) is pleased to welcome this exhibition to the UEL Docklands Campus Archive.  Our hosting of this exhibition will be marked by a launch event to take place on Friday, 26th January incorporating a panel discussion from 1400 and a series of talks, poetry and music from 1645.  Our panel discussion, falling within the framework of the exhibition, the impact that these activities could have had on the emotional / mental health of the detainees will be explored through discussion with guests who have investigated these areas and the retrospective view of one of the executors of the works exhibited.

Please also download our Flyer:  Download Flyer (PDF).

Further Details:

To Book Tickets, Please Visit our Eventbrite Page at:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/department-of-geography-5929549317

Alpaca rings

Alpaca rings with round shape and pigeon figures, made by Víctor Hernán Maturana Burgos during his imprisonment in Temuco prison. Donated to the Museum of Memory

Friday, 26th July 2018:  Launch Event for Crafting Resistance: the art of Chilean political prisoners, including:

1345:          Tea and Coffee Available in EB.G.10 (Docklands Campus)

1400-1630:  Panel Discussion

1630-1830: Talks, Poetry and Music

Exhibition will be on show in the UEL Docklands Campus Archive room (Ground Floor, Library).

Additional Workshops

Exhibition and Workshop:  Crafting Resistance: The Art of Chilean Political Prisoners Embroidery Workshops.

Saturday, 3rd February 2018: 1300-1600

Wednesday, 7th February 2018:  1300-1600

Booking via Eventbrite Page at:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/department-of-geography-5929549317

If you have any questions, please contact Paul Dudman, the Archivist at UEL on p.v.dudman@uel.ac.uk or 020 8223 7676.

Maps and Details of how to find the UEL Docklands Campus can be found online here:  https://www.uel.ac.uk/about/finding-us

**Cover image: Mural in 3 and 4 Alamos, one of the concentration camps of Pinochet´s dictatorship, made by muralist Ian Pierce (aka “Ekeko”)