Un-stitch

After decades of armed conflict and the peace agreement of 2016, how can Colombians (re-) author their lives in order to live on? How can former guerrillas of the FARC, their families, their victims, their new rural neighbours, and society at large live together again? 

In the project we used sewing, embroidery and narrative interviews to explore everyday micro-processes of reconciliation. We worked in two rural communities that now host peace signatories: Llano Grande (Dabeiba) and San José de León (Mutatá).

Here you will find the complete list of textile books, as well as the audiovisual and photographic memory of the process:

Journeys

Nostalgias

Reunions

Roots

Trust

Transformations

Commitment

Small Stitches San José de León

Small Stitches Llano Grande

Peace embroidered by children

Hopes

Uncertainties

Audiovisual memories

These videos retrace the path of the research project “(Un-) Stitching Gazes”. They narrate the memories in the different field sites and share exhibition experiences. The intention was to record the community’s most important moments when they saw their embroideries and their concluding perceptions, as well as the resonances that these narratives generated among those who engaged with them.

Access to the field, (Un-) Stitching Gazes. March – September 2019
Synthesis of the (Un-) Stitching Gazes project’s textile narratives. January 2021
Exhibitions (Un-) Stitching Gazes, San José de León, Mutatá and rural campus of the University of Antioquia Apartadó. October – November 2019
We learned to Unstitch. Research team 2021
Luz, participating embroiderer. San José de León, Mutatá, Antioquia, 2019
Jacobo, participating embroiderer. Llano Grande, Dabeiba, Antioquia, 2019
Manuela Ochoa, virtual platform designer, Medellin, Antioquia, 2020
Beatriz Arias, Project Introduction, Medellin, Antioquia, 2020
Rosa, Participating embroiderer, San José de León, Mutatá, Antioquia
Amaya Querejazu, invited researcher-in-residence. Virtual exhibition, January – March 2021
Amaya Querejazu, invited researcher-in-residence. Virtual exhibition, January – March 2021
Berit Bliesemann de Guevara, invited researcher-in-residence. Virtual exhibition, January – March 2021
Carolina Letelier, Guest Resident, Virtual Exhibition, January – March 2021
Carolina Leterlier, invited expert-in-residence. Virtual exhibition, January – March 2021
Giuditta Fontana, Guest Resident, Virtual Exhibition, January – March 2021
Raquel da Silva, invited researcher in residence. Virtual exhibition, January – March 2021
Marta Rendón, Journeys, January – March 2019 – 2021
María Mercedes Rojas Arias, invited artist in residence. Virtual exhibition, January – March 2021



María Mercedes Rojas Arias, invited artist-in-residence. Virtual exhibition, January – March 2021
María Mercedes Rojas Arias, Guest Resident Virtual. Exhibition January – March 2021
María Mercedes Rojas Arias, invited artist-in-residence. Virtual exhibition, January – March 2021
María Mercedes Rojas Arias, invited artist in residence. Virtual exhibition, January – March 2021
María Mercedes Rojas Arias, invited artist-in-residence. Virtual exhibition, January – March 2021
María Mercedes Rojas Arias, invited artist-in-residence. Virtual exhibition, January – March 2021

Exhibition Gallery

Hamlet of San José de León, Mutatá Antioquia 2019

Hamlet of Llano Grande, Dabeiba Antioquia 2019
University of Antioquia, Apartadó campus
CreaLab Medellin Antioquia 2019