WALL CLAIM by Felipe Pincel
Last October we held the second edition of Wall Claim, an initiative promoted by Wallspot and produced by Rebobinart. This art programme invites different artists who are part of the platform to paint an artistic intervention on the outer wall of the Centre Cultural La Farinera Del Clot in Barcelona. The motifs of the murals are always in tune with some of the International Days established by the UN. Wall Claim, thus, responds to the need to give visibility to certain social groups using art as a means and tool of social claim.
The theme of this edition has revolved around the Day of Non-Violence (October 2nd) and the artist Felipe Pincel has been in charge of creating a mural under this concept.
Felipe Pincel Echeverría is a Chilean artist who has a strong relationship with the Mapuche people, which is why he decided to dedicate his work to this group that has lived, and still lives, strong cultural and racial discrimination. His works, under a Latin American theme, usually have a political background that makes the viewer see the walls from a social perspective.
Pincel spent two days performing a mural that pays tribute to the Mapuche people. In this one, the viewer can see two referent women of this culture, a younger one accompanied by the word newen – that means strength -, and an older woman along with the word kimün – that means wisdom – . The piece is framed within an eight-pointed star, a symbol of the Mapuche iconography, called Guñelve, which has been given an ancient use. A heart formed from natural elements outstands on the central part of the mural in order to show the respect and passion that this ancient populace has for nature and the environment.
Once the work was finished, on October 21st Felipe Pincel, Antonio Navarrete and Heriberto Bravo, all of them Chilean artists aware of the cause, held a talk on the Mapuche cause seen from social muralism in the auditorium of CC La Farinera. After their discussion and interventions, there was a space for debate for the attendees to ask questions and share their own experiences.