off the wall

January 31, 2019

I came across the work of Argentine artist, Francisco M. Diaz today, specifically his large scale murals. Diaz, who goes by the street name Pastel, paints flora and fauna on walls all over the world. His locations are never arbitrary, but rather selected due to their historical significance. Pastel’s, ‘Two peasants’ mural in Kiev (below) was inspired by the Makhnovist movement. How poignant, that he looks to nature, local nettle plants, to explore such a charged and thorny moment in history. This quote was posted on his social media, shortly after he completed the work. “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.” Tony Allen, Kiev.

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