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Conflict Textiles at the McClay Library

Library Services is delighted to host the Conflict Textiles exhibition in the McClay Library.

The exhibition was launched on the 24th of March 2021 and coincided with the International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of VictimsRoberta Bacic, Prof Brandon Hamber, Dr Cheryl Lawther, Prof Kieran McEvoy and Dr Lauren Dempster contributed to the launch.  

This collaboration between Conflict Textiles and the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast developed from connections forged through the Following the footsteps of the disappeared exhibition (August 2020 - August 2021). It is a joint venture between Queen’s University Belfast’s Human Rights Centre and the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Justice and Security. 

The four textiles chosen to feature in the exhibition speak to themes and issues of relevance to staff and students across both the Human Rights Centre and the Mitchell Institute. Día de Visita depicts a political prisoner greeting his family on visiting day in a Chilean prison during the Pinochet dictatorship. Centro de Torturas Cuatro Alamos also originates from Chile. This arpillera shows an individual being tortured during the dictatorship. Shannonwatch brings the issue of extraordinary rendition to the fore – highlighting the link between rendition and Shannon airport in the west of Ireland. Digital Death portrays drone warfare and the impact of the use of drones on civilians. 

The Exhibition is available to view in the exhibition area of the ground floor of the McClay Library. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, access to the Library is currently restricted to Queen’s staff and students.