Hamaink (Commonwealth) print
Two layer screen print.
This piece is my contribution to the Celebrate People’s History Poster Series that has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee of Just Seeds.
Hamaink translates to Commonwealth from Armenian and was the name of the first anarchist journal published in the Armenian language. It ran from 1880-1894, being printed outside of the repression of the Ottoman Empire first in Persia then later in Paris and London. The paper was published by the Armenian anarchist Alexandre Atabekian, a friend of anarcho-communist theorists Pyotr Kropotkin and Élisée Reclus. Commonwealth offered topics poignant to both regional and international revolutionary movements. It opposed the exploitation of the working class, European intervention, and centralization of the Armenian revolutionary movement. It called for self-determination, the communalization of land and stated that all government was tyranny. These beliefs would culminate into the development of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation. Today Commonwealth is remembered for spreading anarchist ideas in the Caucasus and agitating for direct action.
|Dimensions||11 × 17 in|