During the residency at Frans Masereel Centre, Raquel Esquives was working for a project ‘Silhouettes’ to be exhibited at Water Tower Art Fest 2014 in Bulgaria.
Esquives made hand embroidered, life-size ‘Silhouettes’. Raquel’s silhouettes remember the ‘disappeared’ people that were lost in the 1980s and 90s. On that time her homeland, Peru was rocked by years of instability and guerrilla fighting. The civillian population was caught in the middle of appalling violence as the Maoist group ‘The Shining Path’ and government forces clashed. There were forced disappearances, massacres and other human rights violations on both sides, which are still under investigation. The fragile and intricate bead-work and embroidery remind us that each lost person, despite becoming only a number in official records was someone’s child- a being with all the complexities of human emotion.
She prepared some print on fabric at the Frans Masereel Centre and them sawing and decorates them to build the silhouettes.
19.05.2014 - 27.06.2014