This print is a portrait of African revolutionary Amilcar Cabral. Cabral was the leader of the PAIGC, the liberation movement of Guinea-Bissou in West Africa. Much of Cabral’s writing and speeches have been collected and published in English and are still available. Unlike many of his contemporaries, his ideas still resonate deeply, especially his writing on culture and politics. He was murdered by the Portuguese secret police before he could see the liberation of his country.
Each layered pattern in the print is cut from the inside of a business envelope. As a kid I worked in a junk mail factory, one of the most tedious and meaningless jobs I’ve ever had. I like the idea of using that same junk to create something beautiful.