Evaluating arpilleras as a visual participatory method in research with refugees and migrants
Arpilleras are colourful patchworks, originally sewn by women in Chile under the dictatorship. Through them, women ‘spoke out’ visually about human rights abuses and processed emotions impossible to put into words. Due to this power of expression, non-verbal communication and their multi-sensory nature, this project seeks to evaluate the effectiveness of working with arpilleras as a participatory, visual arts-based method in contexts with people from different cultures and languages and who might have experienced loss and trauma. It brings together researchers from the UK and New Zealand to explore the use of arpilleras as a research method.