[act-ma] 11/12 EXHIBITION: "Embroiderers of Memory": Historical memory of the women of El Salvador | Inauguration: 11/12 at 6pm

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Sun Nov 3 06:32:35 PST 2019

Take a glimpse into the plight of El Salvadorian female refugees and 
their children through this exhibition of photographs and embroidered 
textiles. View embroidered works by women in El Salvador seeking to 
stitch themselves back together after their country was torn apart by 
civil war from 1980-1989 forcing them to flee to Honduras as refugees. 
The exhibition will consist of twelve colorful panels, illustrated 
photographs, and historical maps of the process. Additionally, 
embroidered colorful handkerchiefs by women made in the Honduran refugee 
camps will be on display. A representative from El Museo de la Palabra y 
la Imagen (MUPI), the Museum of the Word and the Image, of San Salvador, 
El Salvador will share the story of these courageous women and their 
families during this event.

This event is made possible by Museo De La Palabra Y La Imagen en San 
Salvador, El Salvador, Boston University School of Theology and the 
Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University Department of Romance 
Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Hispanic Voices, STH Raices 

The exhibition “Embroiderers of Memory” presents the testimonial voices 
of women from the rural communities of Morazán, El Salvador, who were 
forced by government troops to flee to refugee camps in Honduras during 
the country’s bloody civil war (1980-92). Embroidery is a longstanding 
peasant tradition: women decorate household items with designs typically 
involving birds and flowers. In the refugee camps, however, the women’s 
embroidery work centered on their traumatic memories about the violation 
of their human rights. Today, back in their country, they continue to 
weave threads of memory with hopes for a better future.

Nov. 12 Reception at 6pm  (The exhibition will be on display until 
December 17th).

Boston University School of Theology Library 

745 Commonwealth Ave Fl 2, Boston, Massachusetts 02215


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