The action is part of the second edition of the project ‘Urban art, education and memory’, promoted by the EUROM and Versembrant, with the support of Barcelona City Council.
A group of 70 students of the Art School La Industrial will paint, on April 7th at the former prison La Model, a collective wall reflecting the memorial work on the exile and the migrations developed within the transversal workshop “Historical memory, Rap and Graffiti”. The action is included in the programme “Republican Spring” proposed by the City Council of Barcelona to remember the Second Spanish Republic.
The painting has been coordinated by the urban artist Lucas Vico and was developed in parallel with the hip hop and rap workshops that musicians Pau Llonch and Bittah have carried out at La Industrial during the months of November and December 2021. All of it with the complicity of the teachers Esperança Canadell (Catalan language and Literature), Daniel Chust and Thaïs Rovira (Artistic Drawing).
The activity is part of the second edition of the project ‘Urban art, education and memory’, promoted by the European Observatory on Memories (EUROM) of the Solidarity Foundation of the University of Barcelona and the popular school Versembrant, with the support of Barcelona City Council.
The project aims to raise awareness about memory and history among young people through their own personal and family histories. During the workshops, the participants created lyrics, melodies and images that reflect experiences of exile and migration. The results will be collected in the graffiti and in a video clip with their songs.
The first edition of the project took place between November and December 2020, with students from the same school, under the title ‘Rap for memory‘. A brief summary of the activity can be watched on the EUROM Youtube channel, as well as the presentation and debate on the experience, which took place on March 10, 2021, as part of the programming ‘Feminist Memories’ for International Women’s Day.
‘Urban art, education and memory’ is not the first EUROM activity to include a collective mural. In January 2018, in the context of a project directed by Jordi Guixé (director of the observatory), the urban artist Roc Blackblock, with the collaboration of 12 students from the Moisès Broggi High School in Barcelona, painted a graffiti in memory of Holocaust victims. The work was created in Plaça del Rei, exhibited in the Chapel of Santa Àgata of the MUHBA and then exhibited in the Josep Carner building of the University of Barcelona.