Thursday, June 20, 2024

Borderland Threads

Crafting narratives with Colombian migrant women in Antofagasta, Chile

SHORT FILM

Borderland Threads weaves stories between countries and cultures. The 11 artists whose arpilleras and testimonies are presented here are Colombian women migrants living in Antofagasta. Through a series of intensive workshops over four months in 2022, they worked alongside a small team of academics and artists to produce these narrative artworks.

About the short film

This animated short by Alice Volpi weaves together the narratives of 11 Colombian women living in Antofagasta, Chile. Through the project ‘Hilos Fronterizos’, they used arpilleras and testimonies to tell their stories. In patching and stitching these together, the short film reflects the project methodology. 

Credits

Alice Volpi: Graphic designer and animator

Megan Ryburn: PhD in Geography, Assistant Professor at Institute of International Studies, Universidad de Chile, Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics Department of Geography and Environment

Daniela Cobos: PhD in Arts Education, Textile Artist, Academic Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad de Chile

Claudia Montoya: Social Worker, artisan and textile artist

Acknowledgements
Gareth Jones: PhD in Geography, Professor of Urban Geography, London School of Economics
Dorotea López Giral: PhD in Social Sciences, Director Instituto de Estudios Internacionales, Universidad de Chile
Valentina Díaz Leyton: Regional Director Servicio Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural Antofagasta

Short film

For me, the project is a dream come true, and represents freedom. The project generated cultural reunion, a strong sense of welcoming, empathy, and great teamwork. It was a wonderful thing that we could all could be in unity and achieve this objective and tell our stories.For me, the project is a dream come true, and represents freedom. The project generated cultural reunion, a strong sense of welcoming, empathy, and great teamwork. It was a wonderful thing that we could all could be in unity and achieve this objective and tell our stories.

Idalia Rivera

Leader of Génesis II Camp Antofagasta and Regional Councillor for Antofagasta

Para mí, el proyecto significa sueños hecho realidad, y libertad. El proyecto hizo un reencuentro cultural, mucho acogimiento, empatía, y un gran trabajo en equipo, que fue lo maravilloso que todas pudimos estar en unidad y lograr el objetivo y contar nuestras historias.Para mí, el proyecto significa sueños hecho realidad, y libertad. El proyecto hizo un reencuentro cultural, mucho acogimiento, empatía, y un gran trabajo en equipo, que fue lo maravilloso que todas pudimos estar en unidad y lograr el objetivo y contar nuestras historias.

Idalia Rivera

Dirigenta Campamento Génesis II Antofagasta, Consejera Regional Antofagasta

Principal funding: British Academy Small Grant SG2122211089
Additional funding: London School of Economics Latin America and Caribbean Centre; Universidad de Chile Instituto de Estudios Internacionales; Universidad de Chile Vicerrectoría de Extensión y Comunicaciones
Institutional support: London School of Economics; Universidad de Chile; Servicio Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural
Header artwork: Alice Volpi