Pastel for ArtUnitedUs in Ukraine

“Two Peasants” is Yet Another mural that was unveiled in Kiev, Ukraine by the Argentinian Artist Fransisco Diaz AKA Pastel for the ArtUnitedUs initiative.

Please find below the text that Pastel wanted to share with the Mural:
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.

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“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 decentralization of ALL forms of power are, if anything, more pertinent today then over. See you on the barricades.” – Tony Allen

ArtUnitedUs is an international project that collaborates through artistic and creative mediums with communities to raise public awareness and attention to the problem of war, aggression and violence.  The project started in Kiev, Ukraine in the beginning of the year, is planning to complete 200 walls during the next 2 years through out the world and without boundaries.

Curators: Geo Leros, Iryna Kanishcheva, Waone Interesni Kazki
Photos: @dronarium

Francisco Diaz – Pastel

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