ECHAKHCH, Latifa; A chaque stencil une revolution...
À chaque stencil une révolution (For each stencil a revolution) derives its name from a quote from Yasser Arafat (1929-2004), the first president of the Palestinian National Authority. The citation here also clearly refers to the strikes, human rights demonstrations and war protests of the 1960s, for which carbon paper and stencil machines were used to reproduce political flyers.
For the artist, carbon paper is evocative of her early life and time at school, when she would receive hand-outs from her teacher memorable for their strong smell and distinctive shade of deep cobalt blue.
The work is completed when alcohol is poured down its dark blue surface, creating variations in the shade and texture of the carbon paper and causing the pigment to bleed and pool on the gallery floor.