I wrote about the Barcelona street art exhibition, Las Calles Hablan, back in August last year. The funding drive for the exhibition was a huge success as was the exhibition itself. It showcased street artists and their work in Barcelona.
Las Calles Hablan documentary
Well finally, the much talked about Las Calles Hablan Barcelona street art documentary is available to watch online. This feature-length documentary about street art in Barcelona is… “a story about discovering a hidden world, an extraordinary subculture and the struggle between an artistic community painting for freedom of expression and an increasingly restrictive dogmatic government”.
This is excellent work and I know for a fact that the project grew in size while the film was being made. Thus the delay in bringing it to fruition. But the wait was worth it. For anyone interested in street art, and particularly its recognised place in the culture of a city, this is a must-watch.
Las Calles Hablan is a feature-length documentary film about street art in Barcelona. Until now there hasn’t been a definitive film made in Barcelona which explores the history, motivation, politics and the numerous characters involved in the street art scene.
So find yourself a free hour and a decent screen and sit back and enjoy!
Featured street artists: Zosen, Mina Hamada, Kenor, Kram, El Xupet Negre, Debens, Fert, Dase, SM172, Ogoch, Kafre, Aleix Gordo, Meibol, Eledu, C215, H101, Miss Van, Btoy, El Arte Es Basura, Konair, Gola, Vinz.
Consider Street Art as a Cultural Asset for the City
In support of the release of the documentary for Las Calles Hablan the organisers have created an online petition to request the government to enter into conversation with the street art community. If you like the film and agree with their position, please view and sign the petition, Consider Street Art as a Cultural Asset for the City.
If you’re interested in this topic further please read the article by Ian Currie, The Ancient Antagonism Between Street Artists and Governments.