Mad Scientess Jane Expat (nanila) wrote,
Mad Scientess Jane Expat

Barcelona Graffiti Special

While I work on sorting photos and posting backdated entries, I thought I'd share this. Barcelona's graffiti deserves its own post. It's everywhere. Quality varies wildly, from the crudest spray-painted messages to elaborate, multicolored stencils. Nearly all of it is political, most of it radically leftist or Catalan nationalist, although some of it is purely artistic or fascist. I experienced a certain amount of revulsion while on an escalator exiting the metro when I spotted the faint traces of fasces on every step. (The fasces looks like a swastika with one arm missing.) Although it was obvious that efforts had been made to remove them, the ridged metal ensured that some of the aging spray paint couldn't be touched.

Behind the Casa Batlló, one of Antoni Gaudí's concoctions, a driveway plays host to a couple of prime examples. The first is a Banksy-style stencil of los mossos (the police), the second a haunting spray-paint illustration. It's worth noting, I think, that the police in Barcelona wear a rather terrifying uniform that involves a black beret with a red band pulled severely to one side. I was sorely tempted to steal one and wear it at a jaunty angle on my own unthreatening head.

Los mossos (the police)

Lost little girl

La Ribera, the former merchant district of the city, consists of a dizzying maze of ancient streets that are even narrower than the ones in the Barri Gótic. It's tagged with a staggering variety of graffiti, some of it seemingly sanctioned by the nearby residents and businesses, as the area contains a number of art galleries. The more painstaking work usually has a legible signature or a URL, allowing it to serve as a marketing tool. Clever.

"Policemen out!"(One of many) Ant(s)

University of Stencil ArtMarker girl

The first one below made me think of you and your pin-up icons, ironed_orchid. I can't quite make out what she's saying, though.

Grah?He's a bunny-whisperer

At the FC Barcelona stadium, the most bald-faced statement can be found. The same statement in crude black spray-paint decorates the front of the scaffolding around La Sagrada Familia, but has been subsequently tagged by someone with a red paint can, who crossed out the "not" and wrote "Mierda" (shit) below it. It's difficult to use graffiti as a forum for sophisticated political debate.

Catalan isn't Spanish, either
Tags: barcelona, photo, travel
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