Pablo Picasso's iconic painting ‘Guernica' was created in 1937 in response to the bombing of the Basque town of Guernica by the Nazi Condor Legion who were supporting General Franco's Nationalist rebels. The town represented the first near-total destruction of an undefended civilian target by aerial bombardment. Picasso's painting demonstrated the terrible impact of the bombings, and has subsequently become one of the most famous paintings of the twentieth-century. It travelled to Britain in 1938-9 and is now housed at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. has become an anti-war statement that has repeatedly been referenced in subsequent conflicts of the modern age.
Since June 2013, a collective of artists and activists has worked to recreate Picasso's ‘Guernica' as a large-scale textile banner, deploying the power of art against fascism and war, whilst making comparisons between the mid-1930s and today. Stitching workshops have been held in a variety of venues in Britain and India over the last year. ‘Remaking Picasso's Guernica' is a collective project involving Amnesty International, Brighton Anti-Fascists, Gatwick Detainee Visitors Group, Migrant English Project, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, University of Brighton and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
The banner has been stitched in public places with public participation since June 2013:
17 & 19 October 2014, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
16 August 2014, To Gypsyland, 198 Gallery, Brixton, London
7 June 2014, Local Name: Unknown .... Gypsies?, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
19 April 2014, Art vs Fascism, Cowley Club, Brighton
8 March 2014, Working with Monica Ross, University of Brighton, Brighton
29 November 2013, The Subversive Stitch Revisited, V&A, London
12 October 2013, Darn that Picasso: conversations and craftivism, Working Class Movement Library, Manchester
5 October 2013, Resisting the New Racism, Brighthelm Centre, Brighton
5 September 2013, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India
10 August 2013, Phoenix Art Brighton
21 July 2013, Friends Meeting House, Brighton
16 & 23 June 2013, Jubilee Library, Brighton