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Dr Lorna Dillon

Dr Lorna Dillon

Dr Lorna Dillon

I am an academic: a Latin Americanist and an art historian. My PhD research explored the work of the Chilean artist Violeta Parra, tracing the way Parra used embroideries, paintings and sculptures to express themes and narratives from her music. The research led to two books: the edited volume Violeta Parra: Life and Work (2017) and the monograph Violeta Parra’s Visual Art: Painted Songs (2020).


I am interested in the relationship between symbolic representations, memorialisation, and transitional justice. My current research project focuses on participatory sewing groups in Latin America, which create embroideries, appliqués, and quilt art. I trace the link between art and human rights through an analysis of transnational textile art movements and diasporas.

Collaborating virtually with artists and academics in Latin America gives me great joy.


A thread of inclusivity runs through my work; I am interested in exclusionary biases in the art world, particularly regarding craft work, participatory textile art movements and the art of the Global South.


I hope you have enjoy the virtual exhibition today. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.


3D exhibitions

  • Dr Lorna Dillon

    Memorarte : Contemporary Arpilleras

    09 Mar 2021 – 31 Dec 2024

    Artivist (craftivist) textile art by the Chilean group Memorarte, Arpilleras Urbanas. Curators - Lorna Dillon and Erika Silva Technical support - Hannah Gordon-Smith The works of art in this exhibition are not for sale, however replicas of different sizes can potentially be made upon request.

    latest works

    • Fotografías ODS Naciones Unidas / United Nations photo 20, 2018
    • Fotografías ODS Naciones Unidas / United Nations photo 19, 2018
    • Fotografías ODS Naciones Unidas / United Nations photo 18, 2018
    • Fotografías ODS Naciones Unidas / United Nations photo 17, 2018
    • Fotografías ODS Naciones Unidas / United Nations photo 16, 2018
    • Fotografías ODS Naciones Unidas / United Nations photo 15, 2018
    • Fotografías ODS Naciones Unidas / United Nations photo 14, 2018
    • Fotografías ODS Naciones Unidas / United Nations photo 13, 2018
    • Fotografías ODS Naciones Unidas / United Nations photo 12, 2018
    • Fotografías ODS Naciones Unidas / United Nations photo 11, 2018
    • Fotografías ODS Naciones Unidas / United Nations photo 9, 2018
    • Fotografías ODS Naciones Unidas / United Nations photo 8, 2018
    • Fotografías ODS Naciones Unidas / United Nations photo 7, 2018
    • Fotografías ODS Naciones Unidas / United Nations photo 6, 2018
    • Fotografías ODS Naciones Unidas / United Nations photo 5, 2018
    • Fotografías ODS Naciones Unidas / United Nations photo 4, 2018
    • Photograph by Carlos Candia

      Fotografías ODS Naciones Unidas / United Nations photo 3, 2018
    • Fotografías ODS Naciones Unidas / United Nations photo 2, 2018
    • Photograph by Carlos Candia

      Fotografías ODS Naciones Unidas / United Nations photo 1 , 2018
    • Photographer Carlos Candia

      Street Photo 4, 2017
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