Politics on the street

17 Oct
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Chained – Carrer Fonollar

Now, more than ever it seems, politics is the topic ‘du jour’, whether it’s on TV, radio or social media. I tend to steer clear of it all for it generally puts me in a rather sour mood, but when I find politics on the street, I can’t help but take notice. And I take notice, because I find them to be such creative shout-outs about the various issues that play a role on the political stages around the world.

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Will he win? – Carrer Hospital

Anyone who is in debt, has probably felt like the person in the very poignant illustration at the top.  Surely nobody can deny the importance of a black president at the head of the most powerful country of our globe, and wonder if he will win another term in office? There are also  stories told on Barcelona’s walls and doors, about situations less prominently voiced in the media, but which are of the utmost importance to those affected by them (below).

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Free the Sahara – Carrer d’en Rosic

On a local level, even a simple carton claims (and rightly so) that “education is to man, what a mold is to clay: it shapes him”. But there is more…

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Carton plea – Carrer Antic de Sant Joan

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Wanted – Carrer Sant Pacià

A wanted ‘poster’ demanding the processing of a dirty politician, and a’ bloody’ paste-up showing Barcelona’s police force as belonging to the local cleaning department, refers to the way in which it has been acting towards demonstrators since May of last year.

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Cleaning up Barcelona? – Carrer Grunyi

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The people decide – Carrer Jerusalem

Another paste-up, in a style that make me think of the various struggles for power in Latin America that were based on communist principles, found a suitable door in the colour of its ideology. Last but not least, a collage of multiple Queen Sophias, denouncing her silence at a time when even the royals in this country have been found sorely wanting.

What about where you live? Is there evidence of politics on the street?

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

The silenced queen – Baixada de Viladecols


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