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
New block printed patch, Piss on Ausfailure!
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 ????
PDF download (3 versions): Rebel Diaz Decolonize the Block
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