Street talk

10 Oct
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Look – Carrer d’en Tripó

This month, Las Calles Hablan, the first exhibit by Mapping Barcelona Public Art, will take place at Mutuo Centro de Arte.  I thought I’d share some examples of street talk with you here, today, in the form of stenciled texts and images which were placed on Barcelona’s streets to convey a message to the onlooker.

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Home is where the heart is – Plaça de Catalunya

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Pawns – Carrer Comte Borrell

The message may or may not get across in the way it was intended, but certainly adds to the way an artist interacts with their public and communicates their thoughts and feelings about the goings-on in the city (in this case, Barcelona).

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Shoot – Carrer Doctor Dou

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Converse in BCN – Plaça Àngels

Some of these messages are merely a form of guerrilla marketing (above), although at times they can be an ironic comment on precisely that (below). Like them or not, these messages all add to a rich tapestry in which one can ‘feel’ the soul of the city and observe its history –  in a political, economic or cultural sense – in the making.

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Swoosh – Carrer Riera Baixa

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Love – Jardins de Joan Brossa

Documenting this form of artistic expression, and presenting a view on its evolution since the death of Franco in the 70’s, the exhibit at Mutuo Centro de Arte will unveil never before seen footage of incredible graffiti areas in Barcelona and interviews with street artists. Among the participants are: KENOR, ALICE, BTOY,  PEZ,  SM172 whose work I have shown here at the Cute Suite blog on numerous occasions, as well as KAFRE, DEBENS, GOLA , OGOCH, and TOM14. I’m not going to miss it! Are you?

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To make your heart sing – Carrer Cardona

The exhibit takes place on Thursday, 25th October at 8 pm (Mutuo Centro de Arte: Carrer de Julià Portet, 5). For more info, check the websites of Mapping Barcelona Public Art here and Mutuo Centro de Arte here.

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