Fragil: The Price Of The “Crisis”

Street artist Fragil (Barcelona, 1980)  produced last year a number of conceptual pieces in small format with price tags used for items on sale.  By connecting the word crisis to price tags, these collages create a space to associate issues related to consumerism, the production of value(s), and what is at stake in the “crisis,” what the erroneous and widely circulated notion itself masks.  I find the pieces powerful because of their extreme economy of means and their suggestive power.  Here are images of three collages I ran into at El Barrio de las Letras in Madrid:

CRISIS 6206 RTEchegaray, 30 May 2014.


IMG_5732Near Barrio de las Letras, Madrid, 20 May 2014.

4975 fragil crisis rt Barrio de las Letras, Madrid, 22 April 2014.

To see a brief description of Fragil’s vision and an image of “Crisis,” the intervention produced for Proyecto SeAlquila (2013) at Mercado de la Cebada (La Latina) click here and here. For an interview with Fragil by Somos Malasaña (in Spanish), click here. To see his work, click here.

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