Buenos Aires based artist Pastel recently made the journey to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine and to Greensburough, North Carloina to leave his mark. Stay tuned for Pastel's first solo exhibition in the United States coming to Athen B. Gallery, September 2017. Stay tuned!
Kiev, Ukraine “Two peasants”.
Based on the history of the Makhnovist movement at the time of the 1917 Russian Revolution. The revolution in Ukraine was a libertarian revolution, and the workers and peasants (Black Army) fought both Tsarist reaction and Bolshevik domination. In February 1917, there was a Popular uprising in the Russian empire. The Tsar abdicated the principal political parties - most of them Socialist, and began to set up a crude parliamentary democracy, led by the Mensheviks. But Russia was a big, bleak, backward old empire that sprawled across five time zones, communication was bad; the uprisings continued. Radicals were released from prison, dissidents returned from exile, and ordinary people became increasingly aware of the possibilities of communal power. Peasants chased out the landowners, workers took over the factories and many organized themselves democratically through local mass meetings - Soviets.
"We have all flirted with freedom and, deep inside all of us have the urge to make it a serious relationship. The Anarchist values of individual freedom, grass roots democracy, and the decentralisation of ALL forms of power are, if anything, more pertinent today then over. See you on the barricades."