Pierre Van Passen Interviews Buenaventura Durruti, Aragon, Spain, 1936
On the poster:
Reporter: "....and even if you do win, you do know, don't you, that you're going to inherit piles of ruins?"
Durruti: "We have always lived in misery, and we will accommodate ourselves to it for some time. But don't forget that the workers are the only producers of wealth. It is we, the workers, who make the machines run in the industries, who extract the coal and the minerals from the mines, who constructed the cities... Why shouldn't we build them again, and in better conditions, to replace that which is destroyed? Ruins do not scare us. We know that that is our inheritance, because the bourgeousie will try to ruin the world in the last phase of their history. But we are not frightened by ruins, because we are destined to inherit the earth, and we carry a new world in our hearts... a world which is growing this very instant."
From the artist:
This print was begun in the winter of 2001/2. I sat outside on a milkcrate on top of a pile of rubble, and made a drawing on a sunny-but-still-cold January or February day. This is the 'long building' in Eagle Square, one end of which had its entrance on Valley S.t, as the other end bridged over the Woonasquatucket River. On the same day I was drawing, my housemate took some photographs, which she gave me prints of. I was able to use those to finish the details of rubble and shadow, which my slowly-freezing hands had missed, and I worked on this off and on, with the photos as reference, in the intervening years. This building was replaced by a national chain grocery store (opening in early 2003) which had already closed (2007) before I finally made up my mind to get it done. I worked really intensively on it, cutting out rubylith and sticky acetate (aka. fake zip-a-tone), I finished printing the first in January of 2008.
3 color screen print (+1 transparent layer)
heavy white acid-free paper stock