On the 19.07.20, the 8th birthday of the Rojava Revolution, we unfurled these banners as a small gesture to the brave Kurdish women warriors of the YPJ, and remembering too the brave Gunai warriors past & present who resist this hell colony known as gippsland / australia. A few queer punks with a plan to escape the industrial hellscape for the afternoon, only to find ourselves at a pumping station along a river at the foothills of the Baw Baws, behind Energy Australia’s filthy coal power stations. Downstream where the water stagnates, overtaken by weeds, and 4WD’s rip up the earth beneath the towering gums, the surrounding hills long cleared and farmed. And yet in spite of this colonial violence, life exists, eco-systems persist. We realise our banners are no great threat to the colonial project, we humbly share them with the intention to show our love and respect for the Rojava revolution and Indigenous resistance worldwide – from the occupied territories of the Gunai Kurnai Nation to Kurdistan and beyond.
Smash the settler state, death to colonialism, long live resistance! (A)
Final print run of Piss On Ausfailure backpatches before I bring out some new work. Best results yet after I got a couple of cool new printmaking tools, and a few different fabrics including this new glittery nebula material (which is very hard to photograph with a phone but looks excellent irl), a cute vintage floral, some reds, one pink, & a bunch on white. Very limited editions!! Order here: https://aqab.bigcartel.com/…/piss-on-ausfailure-final-print…
100% sales will be used for mutual aid, by First Nations comrades in Gimuy, far north (not the) queensland. More info & to donate directly here (facebook link): Support for ‘2nd Wave’ First Nations homelessness in FNQ
09.07.20 In Solidarity With the Wild patches have sold out, thank you to everyone who ordered! Combined total from both print runs was $375 and has been forwarded to the fundraiser for Ngarabul #Landback. https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-me-take-ngarabul-landback
New block printed patch, In Solidarity With the Wild. Water-based, machine washable ink on recycled heavy white cotton. The printed area is 11cm x 11cm, with a 1cm unprinted border, so you can finish it off any way you like (cut it in a circle, hem the edges, or leave as is & frame it). Only 12 available, I’ll do another print run later if needed. These are hand carved & printed, so some print variations will occur. Order link: https://aqab.bigcartel.com/product/new-patches
All proceeds will be forwarded to this fundraiser to buy back a small but significant area of Ngarabul homelands so it can be looked after & used for culture & healing.
More info & to donate directly here:
Edit 11.06.20 >> Orders have been posted out & $185 in funds donated to the Soli Fund. Many thanks to the people who supported the fundraiser <<
Pre-orders for fine art prints have closed. Thanks to everyone who put up an order. Printing begins tomorrow & fingers crossed I can post them out to you by the end of the week. Total profit will be calculated then & sent to the Solidarity Fund for imprisoned & persecuted revolutionaries from Greece. Receipt available on request in approximately 1 week! 🖤🏴
Archival quality giclee print of original watercolour & ink drawing, 20 x 30 cm. All proceeds (after print costs) go towards the Solidarity Fund for imprisoned and persecuted revolutionaries from Greece who need urgent support. Pre-orders are now live: https://aqab.bigcartel.com/product/all-cats-are-beautiful-fine-art-print-pre-order
“From 2010 until today, the Solidarity Fund has been trying to obtain a regular and consistent political, moral and material support for collecting funds, which derives primarily from the conscious participation of each and every one of us, as well as from groups and collectives, that contribute to the continuation of factual solidarity. Continued state repression, however, results in a large number of political prisoners and legal costs, and consequently, in particularly high material needs. At this moment, the Solidarity Fund supports 24 prisoners on a regular monthly basis; Athanassopoulou Konstantina, Valavani Dimitra, Yagtzoglou Konstantinos, Dimitrakis Giannis, Koufontinas Dimitris, Kostaris Iraklis, Michailidis Giannis, Xiros Savvas, Petrakakos Giorgos, Sakkas Kostas, Seisidis Marios, Stathopoulos Vangelis, Christodoulou Spyros and the 11 militants from Turkey and Kurdistan (Harika Kızılkaya, Hazal Seçer, Sinan Oktay Özen, Sinan Çam, Ali Ercan Gökoğlu, Burak Ağarmış, Halil Demir, Hasan Kaya, Anıl Sayar, İsmail Zat, Şadi Naci Özpolat). In many cases we also try to cover -as much as our (financial) capabilities allow-the legal expenses and bails of comrades who are persecuted for their political identity, their actions or even for their family or comrade relationship with imprisoned militants. ~ The slogan “no one left alone in the hands of the state” is becoming more crucial and tangible these days than ever. We urge you to defend it once again in practice. Factual solidarity will again be our weapon. UP UNTIL THE DEMOLITION OF THE LAST PRISON NONE OF US IS FREE SOLIDARITY WITH POLITICAL PRISONERS ” Solidarity Fund for imprisoned and persecuted militants, 2020
More info on the Solidarity Fund & to donate directly, here: https://www.firefund.net/imprisonedsoli
New block printed patch, Piss on Ausfailure!
Inspired by a dear friend who’s been amusing me with her campaign of pissing on war memorials & colonial monuments for some years. I carved this block out of Japanese vinyl & unfortunately it’s refusing to transfer solid opaque inks, so I’m thinking about re-carving it out of rubber (sigh). I’ve tested 3 different types of black inks & they all printed various shades of grey. The 2 darkest prints I managed to make I gifted to friends (I’ve been waiting for them to receive the patches before sharing this). I’ll see how I go with making a new block etc, & fingers crossed patches will be available from AQAB distro in a week or two 🖤