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Exhibition opening and ongoing: "Embroiderers of Memory": Historical memory of the women of El Salvador

When: Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 6:00 pm to Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 5:00 pm
Where: Boston University School of Theology Library • 745 Commonwealth Avenue • second floor • Boston

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.

(The exhibition will be on display until December 17th).

Boston University School of Theology Library

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