This mural was done in Tarifa, in the south of Andalucía, Spain. Tarifa is the closest point to Morroco, connecting the Mediterranean to the Atlantic by the narrow Strait of Gibraltar. From Tarifa you can see Tanger on the other side of the shore. It’s a conflictive yet beautiful place. Innumerable people have died trying to cross. Andalucia and Morocco have had a strong link and this is what the concept of the piece is based on. The dialogue between these two places and their genetic and cultural similitudes, all divided by a political and a physical border. The image is based on a painting of the Andalucian classical painter Velazquez named Capesina Joven.
The wall was painted in the neighborhood of El Carmen, also known as Los Pajaritos. It’s mostly a sailor’s neighborhood in an area that would be considered poor. They hosted us for a week in which we shared food, played football, spent time talking and hung out with the kids. From the kids to the adults to the elderly, they showed us their most genuine hospitality. Painting in the area where I was raised most definitely felt like home.