All images © Etika Projects
Photography by Alex Mar
As labyrinth’s go, the route leading to Barcelona’s 2012 SWAB festival is considerably more benign than the bowels of the legendary Palace of Knossos, but it remains nevertheless bewitching. The budding Theseus is confronted by a myriad of images from the delightful to the disturbing, daubed onto huge two metre high cubes, all radiating the colour and energy that characterises this city.
The impressive façade marks the entrance to the fifth edition of this contemporary art festival, designed to promote the work of emerging international artists, nearly all of whom were born from 1980 onwards.
Of the ten artists who each were given an individual box to scrawl over, the spraypainting of BTOY evokes the uncomfortable reality of austere Chinese communism; disquiet heightened somewhat if we were to glance into the soulless eyes of Cisco KSL’s adjacent machinations. By contrast, dazzling is the best word to describe both the smiles and the vividness of PEZ’s distinctive, evilly-smiling cartoon characters. Not wishing to leave anyone out but in the knowledge that pictures offer far more than anything I could quill, I shall leave you in the hands of visual splendour, safe in the knowledge there are no minotaurs lurking round the bend.
The other artists forming the rest of our motley troop are as follows: Crajes, Cristian Blanxer, Eme de M, Luca Ledda, Malakkai, Ripo and Txemy.
Published in Artists