On the 19th of May, the Cultural Center La Farinera del Clot hosted the talk Murs Silenciats, a round table on censorship in the world of Urban Art.
The persecution and repression of freedom of expression, perpetrated through multiple forms from the different powers that participate in a society, that has been a constant throughout history. Also, paradoxically, in the context of those officially recognized as contemporary democracies. A reflection of this situation are the numerous episodes of censorship in the field of culture in Spain, some of which were discussed throughout the event.
The urban artists Roc Blackbloc, and Jorge Nuño, member of Unlogic Crew participated in the talk and explained in first person cases in which they have suffered this censorship. We had also the presence of Marc Serra, councilor of the Barcelona City Council. The debate was moderated by Marta Ballesta, a journalist involved in communication and the development of urban art projects.
The participation of the public, in person and through social networks, was essential to put this much-needed and urgent debate on the table. Murs Silenciats served to expose and share different points of view on censorship in urban art, and therefore opening a door to begin to propose what is the model of city we want, how we should act in these cases and what role institutions should adopt in relationship to urban art.
- Roc Blackblock will be one of the urban artists who will participate in Silenced Walls. Roc makes his creativity and graphic language available to the community to turn the walls into speakers of the shared memory of neighbors, groups, communities, and social movements. His work is the meeting point between urban art and social commitment.
- Marc Serra has been a councilor of Barcelona City Council for Citizenship and Participation Rights since 2019. He is a Catalan jurist, sociologist and politician. Born in Barcelona, and will participate in Murs Silenciats providing a more institutional vision.
- Unlogic Crew is an artistic group made up of eight multidisciplinary artists, living in Madrid and Valencia. They began in the late 1990s in the world of urban art. His works are of a social nature and seek to raise public awareness of controversial issues.
- Marta Ballesta, a journalist involved in the communication and development of urban art projects, will be the moderator of the talk and the subsequent debate on censorship and its effects.Over the years, she has investigated about the techniques, languages, visions, and wills of urban art as a tool for dialogue with the environment, social transformation and citizen empowerment.