THE EXHIBITION IS PROLONGUED AT LEAST UNTIL DECEMBER 21ST. FOR THIS DATE THERE’S A CALL FOR CATALAN ELECTIONS AND MORE POSTERS AND ARTISTIC WORKS ARE EXPECTED TO APPEAR ON THE WALLS OF BARCELONA DUE TO THE ELECTIONS CAMPAIGNE. HERE I PRESENT SOME RECENT ADDINGS.
The Star Wars reminiscent art refers to the fact that for catalans Spain is the rest of the Castilla Empire. This empire has been loosing its military conquered territories, such as Peru, Cuba, Philippines, etc. And now it is the turn for Catalonia, conquered by Felipe V army in 1714. And the Empire counterattacks, the Dark Side conterattacks. But nothing can stop the desire of freedom of a country.
the exhibition has been extended due to the extreme clumsiness of the spanish government, that has decided to jail two catalan leaders of cultural associations, that have not committed any crime. The not independent spanish court just invented the crimes. So new posters have appeared on the walls. Here you hace some samples:
The reasons for jailing those two innocent persons is in contradiction with a sentence of spanish Tribunal Constitucional that recognises that people have the right to fight for the independence of Catalonia. This is just absurd and against fundamental human rights. Those two persons are in prison without a reason.
The web of ANC (Assemblea Nacional Catalana) is currently unavailable because is under cyber attack.
UPDATE: third example of “quotes posters”. This is the poster:
This time the person quoted is Raimón, a famous and outstanding songwriter and singer, extremely popular and with an outstanding role during the last Franco dictatorship years. This sentence belongs to the song “Jo vinc d’un silenci” ( I COME FROM A SILENCE).
I come from a silence that’s old and very long, of people who keep standing up from the bottom of the centuries, of people they call the subordinate classes; I come from a silence that’s old and very long. I come from the squares and the streets full of children playing and old people waiting, while men and women are working in the little workshops, at home or in the fields. I come from a silence that is not resigned, of where the garden starts and the dry land ends; of effort and blasphemy because all goes wrong; who loses his origins loses identity. I come from a silence that’s old and very long, of people with no mystics or captains, who live and die in anonymity, who have never believed in solemn phrases. I come from a struggle that is deaf and constant, I come from a silence that will be broken by people who now want to be free and love life, who demand the things they have been denied. I come from a silence that’s old and very long, I come from a silence that is not resigned, I come from a silence that the people will break, I come from a silence that is deaf and constant.
Note that in catalan language Democracy should be written as Democràcia, but pronunciation of Democràsia is the same . But “sí” with the accent means “yes”, and within the context of a referendum it is asking to vote “yes”.
Song written in 1967, during Franco dictatorship.
UPDATE: following with the previous update, the day after the previous photos I walked along the same places, and,
where I found this,
the day after I saw this. Small gangs of fascists during the nights remove and destroy the posters. Obviously it is not the same poster. It has a different colour.
Then I reminded about the japanese kintsugi technique. Kintsugi (金継ぎ, きんつぎ, “golden joinery”), also known as Kintsukuroi (金繕い, きんつくろい, “golden repair”),is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. And I decided to perform this action of collecting the bits from the floor, cleaning them and putting them together, obviously not with gold in this case. Now it is even more beautiful, because it shows part of its history as scars. And above all the action defeats fascists intention of hiding the poster. Now the poster is on the net and all the world can see it.
UPDATE: second example of “quotes posters”. This is the poster:
This time the person quoted is Lluís Llach, a famous and outstanding songwriter and singer, extremely popular and with an outstanding role during the last Franco dictatorship years. In fact one of the most popular anti fascists anthems in Spain is his song La Estaca. But this sentence does not belong to this song, but to the song “Que tinguem sort” (May we have luck).
If you’re saying goodbye, I want the day to be clean and clear, that no bird break the harmony of his song. Good luck and that you find what you have missed with me. If you say “I love you”, shall the sun make the day much longer, and so, steal time in time of a stopped clock. May we have luck, and shall we find everything we missed yesterday. And so take all the fruit that can give you the way that, little by little, you write for tomorrow. Tomorrow, tomorrow will lack the fruit at every step; Therefore, despite the fog, you have to walk. If you come with me, Do not ask for a flat path, nor silver stars, Not even a tomorrow full of promises, but only a bit of luck, and that life gives us a long way.
Note that “Si” on the posterstands for “if” or as a part of a longer word. But with the accent it means “yes”, and within the context of a referendum it is asking to vote “yes”.
Song written in 1974, during Franco dictatorship.
UPDATE: unlimited new models of posters are appearing continously.
Today I want to point out what we can call the “quotes posters”, refering to famous sentences. I will start with the following poster:
English translation is: “One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.,
We all know who Martin Luther King was , and his inportance in the improvement of respect for human rights in USA. Be aware that this sentence was said from the jail. Please note that fascists have tried to remove this poster, and a word has been added with a black marker pen; the word MIERDA, that is SHIT. This is what they think about human rights.
More updates will follow.
Spontaneously groups of people display political posters and messages, and some other try to remove them, so that landscape is always changing. Some messages are full of humor. The main topic is the fight against fascism.
Following given web pages everyone can print at home the posters and display them in the streets. This is a highly innovative way of doing political campaignes, specially effective when the government is repressing it. A sort of guerrilla.