UNIÓN

UNIÓN
Santo Domingo, Mexico City, Santiago, Madrid, San Juan, Medellín
The project “Unión” is an artistic collaboration between the Spanish artist collective Boa Mistura and the Puerto Rican artist Myke Towers. “Unión” reflects those invisible bonds that connect people and places beyond cultural, racial, or social differences. Music and Art are connecting vectors that cross borders.
CONCEPT
The work comprises six abstract, individual pieces, painted in 6 different places (Santo Domingo, Mexico City, Santiago de Chile, Madrid, San Juan, and Medellín). Together, they make up the word UNIÓN.

We carried out the project in March 2021 in the communities of La Zurza in Santo Domingo, Copilco University’s Unidad Habitacional Issste in Mexico City, Renca in Santiago de Chile, La Cañada Real in Madrid, Río Piedras in San Juan and Comuna 13 in Medellín. All of them are now connected through this work. Union of countries, communities and people.

Sports courts are the neighborhoods' hearts. A large part of the community's activities is articulated around them. Courts are squares, stadiums, dance halls, and concert stages.
That's why we aim at sports courts as the project's canvas.
DESIGN
We approach the design by placing the six courts vertically, one next to each other, conforming a single, horizontal canvas where we develop the design.
We write the word UNION overlapped twice, both in regular and italic versions.
The word reacts to the central line, becoming a bit darker.

Over this composition, we split and adjust individually each court, adapting the design to the morphologic singularity of each one of them.
INFORMACIÓN Y CRÉDITOS

  • Total size of the intervention: 2.500 m2 aprox.
  • All courts painted with sport enamel over concrete pavement
  • Project developed with the support of Myke Towers, Buena Vibra and White World Music
  • Thanks to Max Pérez Escudero and Natalia Nieto from Buena Vibra, for making it happen
  • SANTO DOMINGO
  • Size of the court: 12,20 wide x 23,5 height
  • Support from the Neighbor association of La Zurza and the Rottweilers sport club
  • Thanks to Monchi, Bryan, Juan, Nelson, Chef and the Rottweilers Sport Club. To Elia, Alex and Chileng, and to all of La Zurza neighbors
  • Aerial shots by Isern Cinema
  • CIUDAD DE MÉXICO
  • Size of the court:: 15,06 wide x 28,05 height
  • Thanks to Javier and family, Brenda, Maribel Soto, Rodrigo Casas, Roberto H "Dronerobert", neighbors from the Unidad Habitacional Copilco ISSSTE
  • Aerial shot by Drone Robert
  • SANTIAGO DE CHILE
  • Size of the court: 17,60 wide x 30 height
  • With the support from Lira Arte Público
  • Thanks to all Lira Arte Público team for making this stage possible, to all the neighbors from La Renca
  • Aerial fromMatías Baeza
  • MADRID
  • Size of the court: 9,66 wide x 17,20 height
  • Support from Asociación el Fanal and Cáritas
  • Thanks to Blanca Pastor, Pablo Choza, Tarik and his family, and all of the neighbors from La Cañada Real
  • Aerials by Boa Mistura
  • SAN JUAN
  • Size of the court: 16 wide x 26,6 height
  • Support from Max Pérez, Natalia Nieto and all of the team from Buena Vibra
  • Thanks to Alexis Díaz, Ilexander Rivera, David Zayas, Zeriel and all the neighbors from Río Piedras Heights
  • Aerials by Ilexander Rivera
  • MEDELLÍN
  • Size of the court: 18 wide x 35,8 height
  • Support from Casa Kolacho
  • Gracias a Jeihhco, Elizabeth and all the parceros and parceras from Casa Kolacho who helped us: Mike Graff, Nerón, Shura, Tatam, Jomak, Bombi Sonbat, Don Gil, Simón "Sky Solutions Drones", Taller de Arquitectos, Amparo's family and all the neighbors from Cuatro Esquinas, Comujna 13/li>
  • Aerials by Sky Solutions Drones
  • Execution team: Diego Vicente, María Corrales, Irene García, Javier Ballesteros, Susana Contreras and Lira Arte Público
  • Photography and video by Boa Mistura, Dan Barreri, Gonzalo P. Martos y Matías Baeza


NOS ESTÁN APAGANDO

NOS ESTÁN APAGANDO
Madrid, Spain. 2021
Cañada Real is the Europe's largest informal settlement Since October the 2nd, more than 4.000 people are surviving with no electricity. More than half of it are children.

“NOS ESTÁN APAGANDO” ("THEY ARE SWITCHING US OFF) is a collective call, a complaint, a cry for help.
The work is made up of 4.000 candles.
One candle, one person.

The candles have been collected and lit by the neighbors themselves during the night of January 5th.
CONTEXT
La Cañada Real is Europe’s largest informal settlement, with more than 8.000 inhabitants. It is one of the most stigmatized areas in Madrid. It began during the 60’s with the first orchards and tool houses surrounding this old royal cattle road. Nowadays, it is divided into 6 sectors along 15 km, dodging several civil infrastructures: from Coslada to Getafe, going through Vicálvaro, Villa de Vallecas, and Rivas. We can find up to 17 different nationalities.

Sectors 5 and 6, with up to 4.000 neighbors, are affected by a power outage. More than half of them are underage. Cuts began in December 2019 and had repeatedly been increasing from 2020 until October 2nd, the last day with light.

On December the 22nd, 8 UN special rapporteurs informed against the situation of these families.

Human rights are equal for everybody, no matter their condition, religion, culture, or race. We can not let all of these people be turned off.
APPROACH
The project takes place between December 10th, 2020, and January 5th, 2021, with Juventud Cañada and Mujeres Tabadol.

We refine the message and define the location during several meetings with local structures. Then we opened the process for collecting the candles donated by La Cañada inhabitants and civil society.

Once the 4.000 candles were collected, we prepared each one in detail to withstand the weather conditions.
INFORMACIÓN Y CRÉDITOS
  • Intervención de 115 m de largo x 4 de alto
  • velas, yeso, papel vegetal y arena
  • Realizado con apoyo de la asociación Mujeres Tabadol
  • Gracias a todos los vecinos y vecinas de Madrid que participaron en la donación de velas, y en la ejecución de la obra
  • Fotografía por Boa Mistura