Stencils and Graffiti: Making Systemic Violence Visible in Madrid

Walking by different districts in Madrid on my way to work I run into several stencils,  graffiti, and interventions that focus on the cuts in social budgets and on the labor precarization that have been imposed on the people living in the Spanish state.  With the potency inherent to non-authorized cultural production, these pieces make visible what Slavoj Zizek calls systemic or institutionalized violence.

redesycalles 2j pfPor Favor and Dos Jotas: Equation. Apodaca, 1 Oct. 2014.

In Violence:  Six Sideways Reflections (2008) Zizek argues that it is in the circulation of capital–in the “self-propelling metaphysical dance of Continue reading


Alturas de Madrid / Heights of Madrid

When walking in the streets of Madrid, make sure to look up.  The sections of the walls beyond hand reach are  spots favorited by street artists to put paste-ups, plates, and posters,  eluding this way the Ayuntamiento’s zeal for removing sprayed street art.  Here is a brief selection :

redesycalles IMG_6636Yipi Yipi Yeah: hot dog.  Wolf:  space Continue reading

Por Favor: El oso y el madroño / The Bear and The Berry Tree

I’ve recently ran into a couple of images of Spanish street artist Por Favor‘s intervention of  the official symbol of the city of Madrid.

Por Favor IMG_5948Lavapiés, 25 May 2014.

While the famous statue at Puerta del Sol and the logo of the Ayuntamiento (city hall) depict a robust bear and a blossoming tree–the statue Continue reading