Anti-Manifest is a photobook that investigates citizen movements in reaction to authoritarian power. Although the iconoclastic nature of the project itself places it in opposition to dogma, the photobook maintains its entire character of manifest, understood as a fundamental commitment to action from civil and worker dissidence.
In essence, Anti-Manifest is made up of two books, one physically within the other. The main piece Anti examines, through the photographic work and the intervened historical objects of Aguirrezabala, the revolutions that have arisen against Soviet rule within the satellite countries of the Eastern Bloc. They were vigorous actions of union resistance, workers rebellions and uprisings of leftist sectors that soon found in Stalinism a grotesque deviation from true communism. After the disappearance of Stalin, there were numerous insurrections that rose up against the dominant hegemony. The earliest had tragic consequences, such as those that occurred in Berlin 1953, Budapest 1956 or the Czechoslovakia, Prague Spring and Charter 77. Later, in the late 1980s, the protests were eminently peaceful, such as the Solidarność movement in Poland or the Sung Revolution in the Baltic countries. With the turn of the decade came the inevitable collapse of communism, where an ambitious glásnost ended up devouring an unsustainable perestroika, in a last desperate attempt to return to a long-awaited and original Marxism-Leninism.
Inside the book Anti the second publication, the Manifesto , is hidden. This is the first original version in German from 1848 of the Manifesto of the Communist Party , which runs through the inside pages without interruption. The text of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels is outraged, invaded, violently attacked by a repressive Red Army. Aguirrezabala displays on the German work a series of photographs of minimalist scenes in the form of vignettes, which pass between humor, ironic play and denunciation, placing the civilian population as passive forced witnesses of the outbreak of fury. Thus, between the two books, an intertwined dialogue is established in a continuous infinite sequence, alternating between liberating uprisings and a violent repression that will evidence the definitive condemnation for the self-destruction of the state.
Binding and cover: bound in hard cover with straight spine, book pages sewn with red thread and red paper outer cover with textile-style embossing, glued photograph and die of a five-pointed star through the front deck.