In the Jungle There Is Much to Do

Mauricio Gatti


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  • Berlin Biennale
  • 2019
  • ISBN 9783982137315
  • 44 pages
  • Softcover
  • 24 × 16 × 0.5 cm

En la selva hay mucho para hacer [Im Urwald gibt es viel zu tun] is the story of a group of animals trapped by a hunter and locked up in the city zoo. Missing their little ones and their jungle home they begin to plot their escape. It is an anarchist fable and a coloring book for all ages.

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 poignant portrayal of the injustice of prison that engages sensitive 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. A reprint of an edition published in the German Democratic Republic in 1987, this book is part of a series of publications produced by the 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, curated by María Berríos, Renata Cervetto, Lisette Lagnado, and Agustin Pérez Rubio.

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