Falten Pintades – Freedom of speech on the streets.

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

Laura Castilo at Nau Bostik, Barcelona.
Laura Castilo at Nau Bostik, Barcelona.

Artists were encouraged to use messages and slogans defending freedoms. It was hoped that each artist would spread these moments through social media.

Txemy at Drassanes, Barcelona.
Txemy at Drassanes, Barcelona.

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.

Borneo & Art3sano at Drassanes, Barcelona.
Borneo & Art3sano at Drassanes, Barcelona.

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.

Aaronetti & Sergi Bastida at Drassanes, Barcelona.
Aaronetti & Sergi Bastida at Drassanes, Barcelona.

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”

Ioke at Drassanes, Barcelona.
Ioke at Drassanes, Barcelona.

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.

Maga & Soem at Carmel, Barcelona.
Maga & Soem at Carmel, Barcelona.

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”

Soem Mac at Carmel Barcelona.
Soem Mac at Carmel Barcelona.

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.

Bronik at Nau Bostik, Barcelona.
Bronik at Nau Bostik, Barcelona.

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Emily Eldridge at Drassanes, Barcelona.
Emily Eldridge at Drassanes, Barcelona.
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Kimo Osuna at Drassanes.
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Lara Gombau @ Arnau Gallery
Lara Gombau @ Arnau Gallery
Lara Gombau @ Arnau Gallery
Art3ano at Arnau Gallery, Barcelona.
Art3ano at Arnau Gallery, Barcelona.
Dazo at Drassanes
Dazo at Drassanes
Quim Córdoba at Drassanes
Quim Córdoba at Drassanes

 

4 thoughts on “Falten Pintades – Freedom of speech on the streets.

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    1. Thank you very much as always! Yeah I really love the idea but I agree, it was a shame I hit a brick wall. It started off very positively but then seemed to just die. If it happens again this year maybe I´ll have more luck.

      1. I work in communications and campaign work. So many campaigns run out of steam, often because objectives and evaluation are not properly worked out. Famously ‘make poverty history’ was a disastrous campaign and changed nothing, because when the campaign was taken to Tony Blair (in Stirling I seem to recall) he simply said ok. Of course he did nothing about it, but the campaign died because there was no plan to follow up on government commitment. Huge campaign, universal support, changed nothing.

        1. It´s a huge issue here for me. I find that there are so many great initiatives, events, shops blah blah and they have zero ability or interest in telling people about it. It´ll is something I complain about constantly.

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