These are some shots from around the Poblenou neighbourhood, taken around the first week of March. The majority come from the “Free Walls” project, but there are also a few from around the Glories area, and an abandoned building site which had a hole in its fence.
Some interesting details worth noting are the now-customary anti-Trump art, along with a small mural with legs, in front of which you can see a shopping cart. That shopping cart is not abandoned, and is actually used by the African migrants who use them to wander the city gathering scrap metal, and who’ve made a home in a nearby encampment. These encampments are very similar to the ones built up by the Roma people, who also make their living on scrap metal and recycling, though some Roma are fortunate enough to have large vans to transport their cargo.
As the warmer weather approaches, I expect to see more turnover of the work on the free walls, so I’ll post as often as possible. The free walls can be found here. Some of the other works can be seen here (approximately), near Poblenou Park.
The majority of the shots in this post (including the first-ever shot of myself) are the work of the urban pop artist TVBOY. They are part of a series of famous artists from the past with touches of the present, including a Frida Kahlo Iphone selfie–the shot in which I couldn’t resist joining the famous Mexican artist for a rare narcissistic arm’s length self-portrait. The shot of Serge Gainsbourg comes from the artist Valerie Maho, and the great Muhammad Ali in stencil was created by RAF Urban. The other image (from sm172) which I’ve included is a darker reflection on our pop-selfie culture and is a statement on the voyeuristic bystander syndrome which seems to be a side effect of all of us being able to record and photograph all that we see, while forgetting to experience it, or get involved when necessary.
Just a few hundred metres from my favorite cathedral in Barcelona, the Santa Maria del Mar, and behind the Fossar de les Moreres there’s a small alley that can be used as a shortcut to Barceloneta and the sea. There’s little of great interest, other than some of splotchy tags that can be found in any small Barcelona alleyway, except this little piece, which I think comes from sm172. I think she captures perfectly the feeling we have here in Barcelona when the seasons stop hesitating, and spring finally decides that it’s here to stay.
I received an email a week or two back asking if I would like to have this blog featured on an expat website called Internations. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity, and a questionnaire and croppeed photo later, I found myself with my own feature page, which you can find here. I decided to use this image from artist sm172 as a mini-celebration not only because of blissful, starry background, but also because I think it’s important to credit the artists who make Barcelona more unconventionally spectacular. I simply take the pictures.