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. The simultaneous resonance of European and United States postwar art in Echakhch's work, especially with the blue monochromes of Yves Klein, underlines a disjuncture between the political claims of abstraction and the radical politics in the 1950s and 1960s. 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. With this gesture, Echakhch drains the carbon paper of its rhetorical power, leaving each ’stencil’ to stand as an eerie monument to revolutions past.