by Ysidro Pergamino.
Linocut print. Artist’s proof.
Dimensions: W41 x H41 cm approximately.
CNT (Confederación Nacional del Trabajo) was allied to the FAI (Federación Anarquista Ibérica) as Anarchist inspired labour organisations. The groups played a key role before and during the Spanish Civil War as referenced in George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia. The CNT operated clandestinely during the Franco years and still operates pushing a programme of reivindicación (social revolution).
Ysidro Pergamino is a self-taught printmaker whose striking linocuts explore anarchist themes alongside fantastical and decorative elements in bold, monochromatic compositions. Each of them is handprinted on Ysidro’s apartment kitchen table. “Working in a medium that is reduced to just two colours, black-and-white, makes it critical to have a clear idea of what I wants to say and cut out the rest of the bullshit.” In his day job, Ysidro spends longs hours behind the wheel of a Class A truck, but makes sure to spend at least one hour every day drawing. “That’s a must; it’s non-negotiable.”
This work was shown at Atelier Beside the Sea as part of the Ysidro Pergamino and Amanda Sumpter exhibition.