10 years of Rebobinart and two months of celebrations
September and October 2022
During 2022, Rebobinart celebrated its 10th anniversary in the most representative way possible: opening up to the public, accessible, free of charge and, above all, to the street.
For two months, we have changed the image of the old prison of La Model in Barcelona by filling its walls up to 7 metres high with the creations of renowned artists Octavi Serra, Uriginal, Minúskula, Amaia Arrazola, Núria Toll, Kenor and Ekosaurio with different interpretative proposals on the same building, from the conceptual and transgressive art of Octavi Serra to the metaphors of Núria Toll and the approach to biodiversity of Ekosaurio.
Also, as it has done throughout its trajectory, Rebobinart has reserved an important space for artists who are currently making their way in the different fields of muralism. The walls of La Model facing Carrer Rosselló have been reserved for the winners of the last edition of Wall Lab de Wallspot, Pol Pintó, Pep Walls, Gemma Fontanals and Noble.
All the works maintain the essence of urban art and will remain on the prison walls until someone reclaims their space, they degrade with the passage of time or are vandalised. Therefore, they are ephemeral but always exposed to the gaze and interpretation of the citizens, of the neighbourhood.
The history of Rebobinart has also been exhibited in the interior hall of La Model, where we have reflected on the challenges, tensions and controversies experienced around urban art for a whole decade and the agents involved, from the town councils, the legislation, the artists, the different projects of the production company and even the final consumer, who once again are the citizens. The exhibition ‘Les parets no es pinten soles’ (Walls don’t paint themselves) has welcomed free of charge everyone who wanted to go on this journey and has left a catalogue and audio guide to recover the debate.
But the original question ‘Can you make a living from urban art?’ we wanted to answer it in a debate almost at the closing of the celebration with the internationally recognised artists Roc BlackBlock, Amaia Arrazola and Elisa Capdevila. All three, like Rebobinart, have managed to make a living from art but from different backgrounds and disciplines. They shared this in an hour-long conversation that also opened up other issues such as gender differences in muralism, the different ways of working or the difficulties of working in the street.
Two months that have tried to capture the essence of Rebobinart and the desire to continue working on new projects for at least another 10 years.