Wallspot Post - FEBRUARY 9th – PONT DE LA RONDA D’HORTA GUINARDÓ – MARINA GINESTÀ MURAL

FEBRUARY 9th – PONT DE LA RONDA D’HORTA GUINARDÓ – MARINA GINESTÀ MURAL

BIG WALLS , Stories , newsletter | 05-03-2020

On February 9th, the next day of the opening, El Pont de la Ronda free wall (Barcelona) was repainted. This time, the intervention was made by two American artists: Sarah Painter and Cosby Hayes. 


Occupying half of the surface, in a 4 meters high by 200 meters long wall, we find the mural of the painted portrait of the journalist, translator, anti-fascist and revolutionary Marina Ginestà.
It is an artwork that evokes the black-and-white photography taken by photographer Hans Gutmann on July 21st, 1936. But the mural plays with colours and symbolism. Dressed in military green, with the rifle rope crossing her chest and with a confident, haughty look is depicted on a red background colour of revolution and workers' struggle.
Paying tribute to the figure of women and the revolution, Sarah and Cosby have embodied in the city of Barcelona this female figure that represents the spirit of struggle of the events that occurred in 1936. Key figure in claiming two main themes that are still very present in today’s society: anti-fascism and women empowerment.

The artists themselves find that there are many parallelisms between Franco's reactionary authoritarianism and the tactics and tendencies of Donald Trump’s administration. Therefore, through art, they want to honour this figure and her ideas, as well as to testify to her resistance against this type of hate. Apart from being a sign of solidarity, it is also a demonstration of the power of collective love.

Congratulations artists!