Back in July I wrote a little bit about the No Callarem collective call for action in Barcelona. The movement was created for artists to fight against freedom of speech oppression´s across Spain.
The weekend of July 21st and 22nd was chosen for artists to paint as a form of free expression in the public space. The event was called ‘Falten Pintades‘
Artists were encouraged to use messages and slogans defending freedoms. It was hoped that each artist would spread these moments through social media.
I have been meaning to write a piece about it for a few months (a lot of months) and had hoped to get the organisers to give me a few words about the movement. Unfortunately despite repeated attempts to have them answer a few questions I ended up hitting a brick wall.
Instead I have spoken with some of the artists who took to the streets to stand by the side of their artistic counterparts. These counterparts who have suffered at the hands of the Spanish state due to the nature of their art.
Oriol M. Catheura – KTHR, 23 years old
Student of Fine Arts in Barcelona and co-founder of Interactu-Art.
“Since I was a child I have been very interested in the world of art, and for some time now I have been increasingly interested in urban art.
Last weekend, we took advantage of the #nocallarem and #faltenpintades to go out and decorate one of the free walls of the village of Molins de Rei.
I took advantage of the fact that the claim itself was in the mere fact of going out to paint (since I always seek to claim or protest through art) and I took the opportunity to dust off the sprays and paint again with them. I made two illustrations on two murals to get back into practice with the technique.
It was two days of going out and creating a good atmosphere with colleagues, painting and showing our art.
I encourage people to enjoy and express themselves freely, thinking makes us strong but expressing ourselves makes us free”
Ioke – Street artist Peru/Barcelona
“Painting the streets is making the walls shout. We all have the right to freely express ourselves, we as writers have the force to communicate.
Fuck the system, fuck the laws and all the lies they try to insert into us. This no callarem movement rocks and makes people aware and active. Shout on the wall, fight the power, do it yourself”
Maga and Soem
“We painted this wall together claiming for freedom of speech. Mixing our styles making a composition with a character that is screaming the word “Freedom” in Graffiti letters.
We painted this mural because we don’t agree with the sentences against some voices, rappers, artists… condemned to go to prison.
The problem is that the law is not being applied equal for everyone, judging only some people that are saying something against Monarchy or Fascism. But not judging in the same way other kind of incitement to hatred. It’s seems that is even worse than rape a woman in this country. So is needed to revise it, because the laws are being used as a way of threat and it reminds to not so far past.
So we need more walls painted, because we are not another brick in the wall”
I don´t know if there is a plan to repeat this ´movement´again next year but I would really hope there is. On a personal level seeing artists using their art as a method to stand up for injustices and support fellow artists in a time of need is extremely important. It was also nice to see ´proper´walls given to artists as a message of solidarity.
Below are a few more shots from this important weekend.