The mainstream will be discomfited, but women have long responded to social injustice with art ... in particular folk art, born of the everyday: thread, fabric, wood, paint, words....
Margarita Azurdia's sculpture "The Warriors" was created during the height of the 30+ year armed internal conflict in Guatemala that evolved into genocide and left 200,000 dead and some 50,000 disappeared.
Read my story: Collateral Memory
me he ido haciendo vieja
al lado de mis muertos.
no necesito amigos
me da miedo querer porque he querido a muchos
y a todos los perdí en la guerra.
Me basta con mi pena.
Ella me ayuda a vivir estos amaneceres blancos
estas noches desiertas
esta cuenta incesante de las pérdidas.
Read: Nisi Shawl's Pataki
Listen: Celia Cruz's Ochún con Changó
Jesse Telfair's 1983 quilt was created when she lost her job. It strongly references Civil War era quilts patterned with abolitionist slogans, and pays tribute to the long tradition of African-American quilt making.
Like a fading piece of cloth
I am a failure
No longer do I cover tables filled with food and laughter
My seams are frayed my hems falling my strength no longer able
To hold the hot and cold
I wish for those first days
When just woven I could keep water
From seeping through
Repelled stains with the tightness of my weave
Dazzled the sunlight with my
I grow old though pleased with my memories
The tasks I can no longer complete
Are balanced by the love of the tasks gone past
I offer no apology
only this plea:
When I am frayed and strained and drizzle at the end
Please someone cut a square and put me in a quilt
That I might keep some child warm
And some old person with no one else to talk to
Will hear my whispers
Stitchwork as a surprisingly popular form of protest:
During Pinochet's Chile