A new entry in the Diccionario de las Periferias (Dictionary of the Peripheries) explores two aspects of the word “Banco” (bank, bench) in relation to life. “Vida de los bancos”–Life(blood) of banks: a phenomenon through which the life of a family ends up depending on a bank: in other words, lives that belong to banks through indebtedness. Its antonyms: mutual aid and networks.
The Dictionary also elaborates on “vida de banco”–life on a bench: a way of spending time, a coexistence that may produce friendships and may allow to imagine other possible worlds. To these explorations we add the hypotheses on and about banks and benches opened by different writings on the streets of Madrid, and also the social and political practices that produce, on the streets, other understandings of banks.
Anonymous graffiti on the wall of a bank: “Assassins”. Paseo de Recoletos, 24 March 2014.
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