Hands Off Alexander Trocchi
1960. Item #4587
Paris: International Situationniste, 1960. 8 1/4 x 10 3/4” sheet, printed on recto only.
A broadside drawing attention to the case of Alexander Trocchi, then being held in a New York
Prison on drug charges. The broadside is specifically aimed at fellow artists and intellectuals to
solicit support for Trochhi and testimony on Trocchi’s status as an artist. “Those who would refuse
to do this now will be judged guilty themselves when the judgement of the history of ideas will no
longer allow one to question the importance of the artistic innovation of which Trocchi has been to
a great extent responsible.”
The broadside followed hot on the heels of the Resolution of the Fourth Conference of the
Situationist International Concerning the Imprisonment of Alexander Trocchi, at which the
committee of the three was formed to explore options for his release.