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Minuskula & Claudio Drë Explore Infinity and Limits in Spain

Minuskula & Claudio Drë Explore Infinity and Limits in Spain

Community murals today from two artists last month in Barcelona working with the Contorno Urbano program that brings artists of many disciplines to a series of walls in the public space.

Claudio Drë. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12+1 Project. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Clara Antón)

Today we have Claudio Drë and Minuskila, who each take different approaches to themes, his abstractly wildstyle, hers simply symbolic, graphic and possibly painful.

Claudio Drë. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12+1 Project. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Clara Antón)

Chilean born, Barcelona-based former graffiti writer Dr. Drë began on the streets in 1996 with aerosol and eventually experimented with oil, acrylic, and canvas. His murals and fine art have been exhibited in Chile, Latin American and Europe. He has an affinity for the technical, the fine line, volume, and perspective. His new mural draws upon his original fascination for graffiti, geometry, psychedelia and the letterform, bringing each to a more futuristic dimension.

Claudio Drë. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12+1 Project. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Clara Antón)

A member of the artistic collective Reskate Arts & Crafts , graphic artist Minuskula (María López) is original from the Basque Country in Donostia-San Sebastián and has dedicated  much of her work to illustration and letter-styling, with some experience in muralism as well. Here she translates an illustrated metaphor large scale, calling the piece “Limits”.

Minuskula. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12+1 Project. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Clara Antón)
Minuskula. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12+1 Project. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Clara Antón)
Minuskula. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12+1 Project. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Clara Antón)
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Spanish “El Konvent” Welcomes Street Artists and Nurtures Collective Culture

Spanish “El Konvent” Welcomes Street Artists and Nurtures Collective Culture

Typically you may expect to be praying the novena and asking God for absolution of your dastardly sins here in this sprawling compound called The Konvent near Barcelona. While no one would stop you today, you may also wish to check out a number of new installations throughout the many buildings by Street Artists.

Teo Vazquez (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

The Roman Catholic former convent hosted 50 or so artists over the last couple of years to transform the space, perhaps to reinterpret its original charge in a modern light, perhaps just to ready the compound for commercial, cultural, and community pursuits of the owners.

Certainly the decaying spaces and austere aesthetic is inviting, calming, possibly frightening, depending on your associations. Now they are home for music, dance, theatre, film festivals, and artist residencies – often offered only in Catalan but some also in European Spanish.

Teo Vazquez (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

As you walk through the spaces you are welcomed by these works by artists, many of them at one time or another categorized as Street Artists, whose voices now usher in a new era of contemplation and perhaps internal exploration.

Our thanks to photogapher and BSA contributor Lluis Olive Bulbena for sharing these images from El Konvent.

For more information about El Konvent please Click HERE

Jofre Oliveras (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)
Unidentified artist (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)
Samuel Aranda Studio (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)
AEC – Interesni Kazki (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)
Valiente Creations (photo © Lluis Olive)
Holy Era (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)
Wedo . Slim (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)
Wedo (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)
Slim (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)
Slim (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)
Slim (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)
Mugraff (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)
Troy Lovegates (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)
Troy Lovegates (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)
Juanjo Surace (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)
Simon Vazquez . Sebastien Waknine (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)
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Size Matters: Octavi Serra Is In Search Of A Larger Wall in Barcelona.

Size Matters: Octavi Serra Is In Search Of A Larger Wall in Barcelona.

As illegal Street Art morphed into legal murals we began to witness the entry of formally trained artists and professionals who not only abandoned the politically charged or socially challenging themes in favor of pleasant topics and commercial aesthetics but accidentally launched an arms race for the biggest, tallest, widest walls possible.

Soon the descriptions we received about new artist works shifted from discussions on themes and messages to statistics about square meters covered, the number of stories high the building was, and how many cans or gallons of paint were required to finish it.

Octavi Serra. A Larger Wall Is Sought. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12 + 1 Project. Barcelona, Spain. September, 2019. (photo © Clara Anton)

Spanish artist, designer, and photographer Octavi Serra would like a larger wall please. The one that Contorno Urbano gave him for their 11th mural this year in Barcelona seems dreadfully small, and he has really big ideas. He calls this mural “Insufficient”.

Serra says his work often “focuses on capturing the irony, truisms and frustrations of modern life,” and while this piece is evidently meant to be tongue in cheek, he is tapping into a general sense of dissatisfaction that is part of a materialistic culture, and part of the human condition.

Octavi Serra. A Larger Wall Is Sought. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12 + 1 Project. Barcelona, Spain. September 2019. (photo © Clara Anton)

By letting the typography bleed off the edges, you also sense the claustrophobic feelings that are playing with the artists mind. “There is this feeling of never being completely satisfied even though reason argues that we should be,” he says. “There is this desire to always have more, which make the road impossible to enjoy.”

The mural is part of the 12 + 1 public mural project of Barcelona – at the Civic Center Cotxeres Borrell. Before the end of the year they are planning a collective exhibition where works by all the artists who have participated in the edition of the 12 + 1 2019 Barcelona project will be on display. The show will feature artists Jay Visual, Ivan Floro, Margalef, Anna Taratiel, Nuria Toll, Flavita Banana, Cristina Lina, Degon, Mr. Sis, Cristina Daura, Laia and Octavi Serra.

Octavi Serra. A Larger Wall Is Sought. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12 + 1 Project. Barcelona, Spain. September 2019. (photo © Clara Anton)
Octavi Serra. A Larger Wall Is Sought. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12 + 1 Project. Barcelona, Spain. September 2019. (photo © Clara Anton)
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Allessia Innocenti and Mariadela Araujo and Textile Experiments

Allessia Innocenti and Mariadela Araujo and Textile Experiments

The community based Contorno Urbano continues to provide opportunities to local and visiting artists to access public space for their explorations on walls in a suburb of Barcelona. Not necessarily from the graffiti or Street Art world, they none the less are examining the practice of putting your stuff up to a general audience of passersby. Today we bring you some shots of their textile-influenced midsomer walls with Allessia Innocenti from Chile and Mariadela Araujo who is originally from Caracas.

Allessia Innocenti. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12 + 1 Project. Sant Vicenç dels Horts, Barcelona. July, 2019. (photo © Clara Anton)

Innocenti studied fine arts and painting and spent much of her early career teaching children and adults. Here she’s still working collaboratively to install a grouping of geometric shapes of yarns that take their influence from fractals and studies of symmetry.

Allessia Innocenti Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12 + 1 Project. Sant Vicenç dels Horts, Barcelona. July, 2019. (photo © Clara Anton)
Allessia Innocenti. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12 + 1 Project. Sant Vicenç dels Horts, Barcelona. July, 2019. (photo © Clara Anton)

Ms. Araujo presents a study for a new textile pattern she has created- a repeating pattern of subtle shading that has similarities to sixties optic art. Having completed projects of embroidery on a large scale in Caracas, Rome and Helsinki, here she presents a piece of embroidery in large format as a mural, in all of its chromatic variations.

Mariadela Araujo. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12 + 1 Project. Sant Vicenç dels Horts, Barcelona. July, 2019. (photo © Clara Anton)
Mariadela Araujo. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12 + 1 Project. Sant Vicenç dels Horts, Barcelona. July, 2019. (photo © Clara Anton)
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Pichi & Avo & Goddess Athena in Barcelona

Pichi & Avo & Goddess Athena in Barcelona

Bringing their unique blend of old-world European white classical sculpture and the bright side of modern urban vandalism to Barcelona, the artistic duo PichiAvo paints the Greek goddess Athena engulfed in bubble tags. Freshly finished this week across 125 square meters, the mural depicts a particular version of the Pallas Athena’s sculpture in the Austrian Parliament that is in Vienna.

Pichi & Avo. Rebobinart. Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona. July 2019. (photo © Fer Alcala)

The Great Mother Goddess of wisdom, useful arts, and prudent warfare here emerges from a layered cloud of tags drawn from the artists’ friends and peers, local tributes, and a wide range of styles from modern graffiti practice. Here in Esplugues de Llobregat the multi-story mural graces a student residence designed by the Portuguese architect José Quintela da Fonseca.

Pichi & Avo. Rebobinart. Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona. July 2019. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Pichi & Avo. Rebobinart. Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona. July 2019. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Pichi & Avo. Rebobinart. Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona. July 2019. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Pichi & Avo. Rebobinart. Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona. July 2019. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Pichi & Avo. Rebobinart. Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona. July 2019. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Pichi & Avo. Rebobinart. Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona. July 2019. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Pichi & Avo. Rebobinart. Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona. July 2019. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Pichi & Avo. Rebobinart. Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona. July 2019. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Pichi & Avo. Rebobinart. Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona. July 2019. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Pichi & Avo. Rebobinart. Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona. July 2019. (photo © Fer Alcala)
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BSA Film Friday: 07.05.19

BSA Film Friday: 07.05.19

Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :
1. VHILS “Debris” Sets Macau in Golden Nostalgia
2. OKUDA: The International Church Of Cannabis
3. Mr. Sis. and #SoloUnBeso
4. Parees International Mural Festival. Oviedo, Spain. Edition 2018.

BSA Special Feature: VHILS “Debris” Sets Macau in Golden Nostalgia

Is anybody listening?

Last year Vhils published this film about communication – personal, intimate, and global. We waited a year to see if it felt equally timeless as the first time we viewed it and indeed it is. Some stories like these have an additional element that secures their status. Surrounding the portraits created by the Portuguese Street Artist in Macau, this collage of images, interactions, flashes of expression and sequences of behavior is accompanied by a linear/circular narration that attempts to reconnect to a personal history while chiding the narrators own behavior.

It’s a winsome recounting of memories that are shared globally; a communal and personal experience at once told with clarity and emotional nostalgia, written and directed by José Pando Lucas.

OKUDA: The International Church Of Cannabis

One would hope that the International Church of Cannibis would look like this! Owing perhaps to psychedelic art of 1960s counterculture, liquid light art, concert posters, murals, underground newspapers, and of course kaleidoscoping the world with new eyes, the Spanish Street Artists Okuda San Miguel transformed this internal architecture into a truly holy space. Denver is one of those American cities that still has a good economy thanks to Colorado’s low taxes, growing marijuana industry and soaring real estate market. It seems like the whole city has invited many Street Artists to transform street space over the last decade and with a good collector’s base, the art galleries are busy and special projects are popping up everywhere to show off the skillz.

With a new church that uses pot as a sacrament, this project is spearheaded by Steve Berke, who’s Wikipedia posting lists him as “two-time candidate for mayor of Miami Beach, cannabis activist, rapper, YouTuber, entrepreneur, and former All-American tennis player.” Dude, just gaze at the ceilings here and you realize that the possibilities are awesome.

Mr. Sis. and #SoloUnBeso

“Artist Mr. Sis is in Barcelona painting this pair of full figured females going in for the kiss on this billboard for Contorno Urbano,” we wrote a few weeks ago in a posting about this wall. Today we have the finished video.

See more here: “Mr. Sis Paints #SoloUnBeso in Barcelona”

Parees International Mural Festival. Oviedo, Spain. Edition 2018.

A new mini-doc from the Parees Festival in Oviedo, Spain has just been released about the 2018 edition. It features on-screen interviews with many of the artists who were involved, including Colectivo Licuado, Roc BlackBlock, Taquen, Xav, Andrea Ravo Mattoni, Kruella d’Enfer, Alfalfa y Twee Muizen.

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Mr. Sis Paints #SoloUnBeso in Barcelona

Mr. Sis Paints #SoloUnBeso in Barcelona

They don’t call it World Pride for nothing, and many artists are creating new public artworks this month to commemorate the 5oth anniversary of the modern rights movement for LBGTQ+ people in many cities.

Mr. Sis. “Solo Un Beso”. Contorno Urbano Foundation / 12+1 Project. Barcelona. June 2019. (photo © Clara Anton)

Artist Mr. Sis is in Barcelona painting this pair of full figured females going in for the kiss on this billboard for Contorno Urbano. The community powered initiative invites all manner of artists to participate and this illustrator who also is formally trained in dance and theater is gratified to have the opportunity to create a public painting. He calls this “Sol Un Beso” or “Just a Kiss”.

As we recognize that not everyone around the world has the freedom to love who they want, in fact face violence and threats from state and civil entities, Mr. Sis says he would really love it if people use his new hashtag #SoloUnBeso.

Post a kiss and tag it! Your image may go a long way.

Mr. Sis. “Solo Un Beso”. Contorno Urbano Foundation / 12+1 Project. Barcelona. June 2019. (photo © Clara Anton)
Mr. Sis. “Solo Un Beso”. Contorno Urbano Foundation / 12+1 Project. Barcelona. June 2019. (photo © Clara Anton)
Mr. Sis. “Solo Un Beso”. Contorno Urbano Foundation / 12+1 Project. Barcelona. June 2019. (photo © Clara Anton)
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Started From the Bottom Now We Tagging and Bombing. Imon Boy and Dagoe in Catalonia.

Started From the Bottom Now We Tagging and Bombing. Imon Boy and Dagoe in Catalonia.

Dagoe is Str8 Ballin’ from the bottom and Imon Boy is banging it across the net with Super Manolo atop a graffiti smashed train in these two new murals in Sant Vicenç dels Horts.

Imon Boy. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12+1 Project. Sant Vicenç dels Horts, Barcelona. (photo © Clara-Anton)
Imon Boy. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12+1 Project. Sant Vicenç dels Horts, Barcelona. (photo © Clara-Anton)

The artistic duo just brought two new pop culture inspired billboards last week to this small town in Catalonia to entertain you with their hybrid brand of graffiti, video games, and sports references. Like many today they’re using the free association split-attention style of memes and the Internet that is now our lingua franca – or should we say linqua españa

Imon Boy. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12+1 Project. Sant Vicenç dels Horts, Barcelona. (photo © Clara-Anton)

At the intersection of graffiti, the Internet, and cute things, Imon Boy has developed a fun-centric database of pop-cultre references merged and interplayed in scenarios from many a ‘00s teen memories surfing YouTube and catching tags – and showing his work in a gallery setting in Munich, Hamburg, Phillipines, Miami, Sydney, and New York. He says this game is typical of writers and cops – but it looks a lot more fun from this perspective.

Dagoe. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12+1 Project. Sant Vicenç dels Horts, Barcelona. (photo © Clara-Anton)

A native of Badalona (Barcelona), Dagoe is similarly well travelled geographically as well, taking his illustration, design, and animation powers to France, Tunisia, Italy, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Here he namedrops Cope and references Tupac and Drake – with the sensitive Canadian rapper wearing a FC Barcelona team shirt and crying into a phone – that’s a mashup, bro.  

Dagoe. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12+1 Project. Sant Vicenç dels Horts, Barcelona. (photo © Clara-Anton)

Shout out to the  12+1 and the Contorno Urbano Foundation for hosting this duo.

Dagoe. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12+1 Project. Sant Vicenç dels Horts, Barcelona. (photo © Clara-Anton)
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App Activated Kinetic Tagging by Degon in Barcelona.

App Activated Kinetic Tagging by Degon in Barcelona.

The 1990s lo-tech graphics of glitches and gifs and simplistic digitized objects continue to find their way into Street Art and murals, including this new app-activated chromo-keyed mural by Vic-born Degon.

A part-time post-rapper and a co-founder of his own graphics studio for creating beautiful-ugly logos, Degon says he began his first forays into graffiti in ’99, eventually becoming a bonafide crew member of the NGFX.

Degon. “Green Screen Art”. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12+1 Project. Barcelona. (photo © Clara Anton)

Now his interventions are straddling the physical and the digital and to enjoy fully this new “Green Screen Art” for the 12+1 project in Barcelona you’ll need a phone to see the motion graphics that are triggered. Or you can just look at the animation posted here at the end.

Clearly, this is not your grandpa’s tagging.

Degon. “Green Screen Art”. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12+1 Project. Barcelona. (photo © Clara Anton)
Degon. “Green Screen Art”. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12+1 Project. Barcelona. (photo © Clara Anton)
Degon. “Green Screen Art”. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12+1 Project. Barcelona. (photo © Clara Anton)

This project is supported by the Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12 + 1 Project

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BSA Film Friday: 05.10.19

BSA Film Friday: 05.10.19

Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :
1. INTI “Soleil”. Blinded by the Light.
2. Martha Cooper: Queen der Street Art
3. Elisa Capdevila x Anna Repullo. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12+1 Project
4. Mare 139 : L’ avenir” Graffuturism. Group Exhibition.
5. FAUST: L’ avenir” Graffuturism. Group Exhibition.

BSA Special Feature: INTI “Soleil”. Blinded by the Light.

OMG WHERE does Chop ’em Down get their music from? Finally we said it out loud.

Yes, the monstrous archive of top-notch video that they are amassing of Street Artists and others creating work in the world is scintillating, the gut-punch editing is riveting, the pickings are lush. But time and again Zane nails it into next week with the music choices. Bless you brother.

INTI “Soleil”. Blinded by the Light. Video by Chop ’em Down Films for Peinture Fraiche Festival. Lyon, France.

Martha Cooper: Queen der Street Art via ZDF German TV (in German no subtitles)

Our sincere thanks to Susanne Lingemann and ZDF German TV for this great piece on Martha Cooper during the premiere of Selina Miles’ movie “Martha: A Picture Story” at Tribeca Film Festival. Next stop Sydney!

Elisa Capdevila x Anna Repullo. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12+1 Project

Easily the winner of wackiest choice of concept and music for the year so far is this wiccan themed duo in Spain painting walls across from each other on an underpass. Something to do with sensuality and competitiveness and … witchcraft? Good painting tho.

L’avenir

L’avenir Graffuturism Group Exhibition

A special collection of works opened on April 26th under the banner “Graffuturism”, guided by its creator and advocate, the artist Poesia. The lineup includes a number of artists along the street art/graffiti /contemporary continuum such as Augustine Kofie, Tobias Kroeger, Carlos Mare, Doze Green, Jaybo Monk, Faust, Kenor, and Matt W. Moore – each with distinct graphic voices of their own. Below are a couple of brief profiles from the show follow here.

“L’ avenir” Graffuturism. Group Exhibition. Mare139.

“L’ avenir” Graffuturism. Group Exhibition. Faust.

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Sebastien Waknine: “Learning from Migrants and Refugees” In Barcelona

Sebastien Waknine: “Learning from Migrants and Refugees” In Barcelona

Owing to the scarceness of resources that are usually allotted to those who arrive as refugees, Street Artist and muralist Sebastien Waknine relies solely upon the thinnest piece of charcoal as he works on this new wall.

Sebastien Waknine. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive)

“Learning from Migrants and Refugees” is the name of the collection of scenes that document the situations that people can be in when escaping from strife and fear – the human aspect of appealing to the help of another society. After five weeks of intensive work, Waknine stood aside during a public introduction as a Syrian man held the microphone and described the scenes to an assemble crowd in Barcelona.

Sebastien Waknine. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive)

Created in the gardens on the Hospital of Sant Pau in Barcelona, the mural was commissioned by the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and will be exhibited in various locations within the city of Barcelona.

Sebastien Waknine. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive)

Organizers say that the mural highlights the journey of refugees from the ravages of war and poverty in their countries as well as the realities of their living conditions in their host countries.

It is an unusual technique for a public work these days, as many have become accustomed to the splashy nature of big murals and festivals that present them. Here the warmth of the rendering and the humanity conveyed in the faces and gestures is only magnified when one gets close enough, even intimate with, the artwork.

Sebastien Waknine. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive)

The detached impersonal nature of war by drone has enabled such masses of people to be uprooted and chased from their lives – and a viewer may contrast the experience of the driver of that drone drawn in the sky with close-up terror of innocents whom Waknine depicts.

Clearly there is much for us to learn.

Sebastien Waknine. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive)

Sebastien Waknine. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive)
Sebastien Waknine. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive)
Sebastien Waknine. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive)
Sebastien Waknine. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive)
Sebastien Waknine. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive)
Sebastien Waknine. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive)
Sebastien Waknine. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive)
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Cristina Lina: “Tommy” Cat and the Kids at Ferran Sunyer School

Cristina Lina: “Tommy” Cat and the Kids at Ferran Sunyer School

Yes, it is Saturday. It’s also #Caturday if you are a fan of the felines and you want to contribute to or simply scroll through the roughly 7.5 million photos with that hashtag on Instagram.

Cristina Lina. “Tommy”. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12+1 Project. Barcelona, April 2019. (photo © Clara Anton)

This Spanish cat named Tommy looks like he could have belonged to Matisse, due to the overlapping abstract collage method, but British artist Christina Lina says he was her grandmother’s cat – so we guessed wrong. The artist and educator often creates props, temporary sculpture, and installations for kids and places they frequent, and finds her work easily moves from public to private space and back again.

“My work as artist and my work as educator are not easily or tidily separated,” she says of her work. “Mostly I work within a sort of collapse between the two.”

Cristina Lina. “Tommy”. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12+1 Project. Barcelona, April 2019. (photo © Clara Anton)

This mural part of a public art program done in concert with local Ferran Sunyer school (so-named after the mathematician) in a neighborhood of Barcelona and students had the opportunity to create puppets during the final phase of the program.  

With special thanks to the 12 + 1 walls program by Contorno Urbano.

Cristina Lina. “Tommy”. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12+1 Project. Barcelona, April 2019. (photo © Clara Anton)
Cristina Lina. “Tommy”. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12+1 Project. Barcelona, April 2019. (photo © Clara Anton)
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