may 2016

2 videos
28 images
artwork
text

cómo vivimos / how we live

martin firrell

El Futuro Es Corto / The Future Is Short reflects the world view of the elders nearer the end than the beginning of their lives.

No Tenemos Miedo / We Are Not Afraid relates both to the opposition of the toxic dump and to the
inevitable brevity of life.

The two texts appear in both Spanish and English on the wall of the school in Fanzara so that the youngest inhabitants encounter the wisdom of the eldest each day.

The same texts appear as light
projections onto the elders' faces in black and white photographic
portraits of José, Vincente, Pilar and Fina.

Cómo Vivimos / How We Live was created in five days beginning on 13 May 2016. The project was
presented as painted propaganda on the wall of the village school in collaboration with local artist Costi and as photographic portraiture
of the village elders with
text projection.

The project text was derived from
a wide-ranging lunchtime
conversation with the village elders interpreted by José Sentamans.

The conversation included earliest memories of the Spanish civil war, marriage, bereavement, health, food, music, dancing, children, and the future. Two texts were selected for Cómo Vivimos / How We Live.

Cómo Vivimos / How We Live captures the life wisdom of the four elders of the Spanish hill town of Fanzara: José Gascó (b.1925), Vincente Santolaria (b.1934),
Pilar Castillo (b.1936) and
Fina Marti (b.1940).

Fanzara is the home to MIAU, The Museo Inacabado de Arte Urbano / The Unfinished Museum of Urban Art. The entire village has, in effect, become an open air museum of international street art.

The village had been selected as the site for a new toxic dump. The community successfully opposed this unwanted development and MIAU was born out of that concerted, collective act of resistence.

museo inacabado de arte urbano, fanzara, spain

museo inacabado de arte urbano. fanzara, spain

may 2016

cómo vivimos / how we live

martin firrell

2 videos
28 images
artwork
text