Juan Ortiz-apuy
The Freedom Fighter Manual

The Freedom Fighter Manual is a reproduction of the original document as was designed by the C.I.A. in 1983. The manual, which was airdropped over Nicaragua with the goal of overthrowing the elected government, contains a series of instructions for public disobedience and revolt. As a book to be read in the dark, each page has been manually silkscreened with glow-in-the-dark ink, thus making the content largely invisible under normal lighting conditions.

Self published
6 x 7.875 inches, 60 pp, Silkscreened manually using glow-in-the-dark ink, Perfect-bound, 2011
Edition of 27
$100 CAD

More info: http://www.juanortiz-apuy.com

Juan Ortiz-Apuy was born in Tilaran, Costa Rica and currently lives and works in Montreal. He has a BFA from Concordia University, Montreal (2008), a post-graduate diploma from the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland (2009) and a MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax (2011). His work is often informed by his personal experience of geographical and cultural relocation. The journey North from a small town in Costa Rica, from Spanish to English, from the so-called Third World to the First World has situated language as a place of struggle and an object of study. His work since has been an exploration of the interstices and overlaps among language, identity and violence. In Ortiz-apuy’s oeuvre, the starting point for new artistic research is often a document, which is re-manifested through archiving, translation, quotation, re-enactment or reconstruction. Thus as much as his intention is about displaying language, is also about ‘playing’ language –withholding information, suggesting hidden meaning, games and riddles.

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