This week BSA is in Barcelona to participate in the Contorno Urbano competition to select an artist for a new community mural and residency in the municipality of Sant Feliu de Llobregat – and of course to see the famed Barcelona Street Art scene as it continues to evolve.
Fresh off the plane from New York at 7 am, BSA hit the streets with the talented Street Art photographer Fer Alcalá and the director of Fundacion Contorno Urbana, Esteban Marin – both amazing and generous hosts.
Miss Van (photo © Jaime Rojo)
We covered a lot of terrain in this pretty, clean and relatively quiet European city (Catalonian referendum marches last month not withstanding) and there is a wide variety of sanctioned and unsanctioned art on the streets even today, years after the city began cracking down on an organic Street Art scene that flourished here in the mid 2000s.
You’ll find a lot of local Street Artists here as well as a few international names who are passing through, or who have settled here and have studios in addition to a street practice.
Yo también ! A very early Escif at La Escocesa. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
For lunch you may want to check out the regional special dishes like Escudella d’Olla , a hearty Catalan stew with poached meats and vegetables, or fideuà, a noodle dish that locals may prefer to paella – made with seafood like cuttlefish, monkfish, prawns all cloaked in alioli, a thick garlic and olive oil sauce.
Afterwards you can check out La Escocesa, a self-managed artistic production center that focuses on the visual arts with the public in mind. The artist spaces, performance spaces, gallery spaces – a real hothouse of invention and an art factory on the site of a former textile factory that reminds you of what artist communities can be like when the right elements are present and in balance.
Escif at the wonderfully raw The Hangar.(photo © Jaime Rojo)
A number of artists have residencies here at the moment, including muralists Mina Hamada and Zosen, who we just saw in Brooklyn at the Vinz Feel Free “Innocence” show while they were in town to paint a huge wall in Jersey City – it is a small world.
Unfortunately in two years La Escocesa will be demolished to make room for affordable housing – it’s owned by the city council which purchased it from the banks.
Reskate (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Reskate (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Also if you come here you’ll want to check out a new mural by Reskate, an artistic collective formed by Maria López and Javier de Riba, who have a workshop and studio in the Sants district of Barcelona.
With an illustrative style full of life, you can see influences from popular culture, graphic design, pop and traditional sign-painting. Our hosts tell us they often paint referencing social themes – and they certainly are loved here. Here’s a shot of our little touring group at one point. See you all tomorrow!
Miquel Wert. A “secret” spot curated by Jiser. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
A Brooklyn King in Barcelona. Biggie Smalls by Axe Colours (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Axe Colours goes GOT. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
“Costa Rican artist is still a revolutionary act!” Akore (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Rice (photo © Jaime Rojo)
1UP (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sixe Paredes (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Fàbriques de Creació. La Escocesa from Barcelona Cultura on Vimeo.
For more about Jiser: www.jiser.org
For more about The Hangar: www.hangar.org/es