Episode 3 of the Stitched Voices podcast series invites those involved in creating the Stitched Voices exhibition at Aberystwyth Arts Centre to share their thoughts, experiences and describe the impact that the exhibition has had on them.
Christine Andrä, PhD Candidate of International Politics at Aberystwyth University describe her involvement with the Stitched Voices exhibition, learn about the pieces which have influenced her the most and how the event is bringing a new perspective to her work.
Eileen Harrisson, Artist and PhD Candidate of Fine Art at Aberystwyth University discusses how her experiences of Northern Ireland during The Troubles has influenced her work. Eileen also shares her hope that conflict textiles will contribute to the movements and voices which work towards peace.
The exhibition itself is dedicated to textile narratives which depict individual and community opposition to violence, injustice, oppression and forgetting through a series of stitched creations from around the globe, most notably from Wales, Chile, Mexico, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Spain, Colombia and Germany. The core of the exhibition consists of textiles from the international Conflict Textiles collection. Additionally, there are two thematic sections, with textiles from Wales and Mexico, which speak to the topics of conflict, injustice, solidarity and protest. The Wales section is comprised of Welsh quilts and sewn banners from local artists and activists on topics of peace, protest and solidarity. The Mexico section includes embroidered handkerchiefs, which have been created by the ‘Embroidering for Peace’ movement, expressing local resistance against the current violence and impunity in Mexico and the solidarity of people around the world with the victims and bereaved of this violence.
An associated programme of activities such as textile workshops, film screenings, and roundtable discussions about textile art, politics, violence and resistance took place from January to May 2017. Events consisted of contributions from, and reach out to, Welsh textile artists, community groups interested in textiles and/or peace, schools in Mid-Wales, as well as Aberystwyth University student societies and academic departments, including the School of Arts.
The exhibition and associated programme is organised by Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara, Christine Andrä, Lydia Cole, and Danielle House, Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University in cooperation with Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
The thumbnail image for this episode is called 'Continuum' and was created by Eileen Harrisson.