Tres Culturas| 04 | 12 | 2021
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. Its a conflictive yet
beautiful place. Uncountable people have died trying to cross.
Andalucia and Morroco have had a strong link and this is what the
concept of the piece is based on. The dialog between these two places
and their genetical and cultural similitudes, 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. Its mostly a sailors 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 elder people, they showed us their
most genuine hospitality. Painting in the area where I was raised most
definitely felt like home.
Special thanks to everyone from the neighborhood, to the other artists
from the event: Zepha, Moustad Abdellatif, El Niño de las Pinturas;
Natalia Lassalle for documenting and the association Tres Culturas and
Catalina Bejarano for organizing.