in the jungle there is much to do

by mauricio gatti


"Mauricio Gatti, imprisoned in 1971 for his activities as a member of an anarchist resistance movement

in Uruguay, initially produced these drawings and lines of verse as letters to his then three year old

daughter Paula, to communicate why he was behind bars, separated from her. Applying anarchist pedagogic

principles, the combination of text and images offers a portrayal of the injustice of prison that engages

ensitive young humans on their own terms. These materials were compiled into a book and published

by the anarchist commune Comunidad del Sur in 1971, after Gatti's release.

Making an English translation of Mauricio Gatti's work available for the first time, the book is a part

in a series of publications produced by the 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, curated by Maria

Berrios, Renata Cervetto, Lisette Lagnado, and Agustin Perez Rubio."

translation by bianca rae messinger, edited by maria berrios and laura schleussner

available from vice versa art books

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