ASYMMETRIES / ALPHABET A PROJECT ENGAGED IN SOCIAL CONTEXTS AFFECTED BY URBAN INEQUALITY
One of the projects taking part in ASYMMETRIES was ALPHABET ABECEDARIUM, as a resulf of collaboration between IDENSITAT, LA NEGRETA (Social Space of Gòtic) and the participation of the artist Angela Bonadies. It started as a workshop which launched several art projects shown as installations at the place of La Capella de la Misericòrdia in Barcelona.
Taking the concept of asymmetries, understood as situations of inequality or vulnerability, the idea with ALPHABET was to analyse how these take shape in some areas of the Ciutat Vella, as well as how certain collective options manage to mitigate them. The project started with a workshop which alternated urban tours with a viewing of examples, discussion sessions and the production of essays/visual materials related to the subject. The idea was to go into real contexts in depth, and to work critically or positively, always respecting those places in which certain fragilities acquire form.
In parallel, visual and audio-visual materials, texts and documents dealing with sensitive issues such as immigration, health, housing, exclusion or identity were discussed within the workshop setting. Similar cases, and how different contexts and supports are dealt with in these cases, was analysed. To have been focused and working individually or in groups, the realisation of an "illustrated alphabet" was proposed, based on the routes and the concerns raised.
Spaces and social organizations which participated as collaborators in the project:
Agora Juan Andrés Benítez. A space preserved in memory, self-managed, supportive mutuality where neighborhood program activities away from macho culture, violence and discrimination.
Plataforma el Borsí pel Barri / El Borsí platform through the neighborhood. Neighbors, collectives and social movements to claim a space for experimentation, creation and dissemination of the arts. (old school of arts)
Plataforma CAP Raval Nord Digne / CAP Raval North Worthy Platform. Fight to achieve what is fair and common sense thanks to the involvement of many people.
DIÀLEG DE DONES / Women's Dialogues. Create welcome and socialization spaces for women from non-EU countries, and build bridges for dialogue that facilitate social cohesion.
IMPULSEM / We promote. Develop integrative actions in the educational, social and labour spheres, to reduce the effects of social exclusion.
LA NEGRETA / The bold face of Gothic Neighbourhood. (social space rooted in the Gothic Quarter) Cooperate to promote political, social and cultural participation, from citizen self-management.
The project results were shown as intervention at Capella de la Misericòrdia, an occupied venue by neighbours involved in a controversial litigation with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, called “Plataforma CAP Raval Nord Digne”. The neighbours had been fighting for the sanitary use of this building, against the Museum which claimed the building for their expansion.
The projects which participated in the performance were:
- Ángela Bonadies: Taller ABCEDARI, Ciutat Vella
- Teresa Picazo-Toni Sangrà: Vigila amb les pors. Online Dialogue
- Irma: Ejercicio de literatura potencial dentro de un polígono. Walking tour in Ciutat Vella.
- Martí Sala: Actuants
- Daniel Gasol: We are still here motherfuckers
- Fiona Capdevila: Veïna Viva
- Sonia G.Villar: Cardo en Flor
- Idensitat: ABCDIN
The workshop combined dérives, walking tours around certain areas of the Ciutat Vella, and guided visits to these areas with agents from the local context. The purpose was to attempt an overview of existing asymmetries, and to gain the necessary information to advance an analytical look at the context. The workshop used images (photography, drawing, video) and text, with the aim of shaping the illustrated alphabet, covering a variety of topics and how they relate to the urban context. The second part culminated in a joint intervention which was presented in the place of CAP del Raval in Barcelona.