Unsanctioned Spanish Art in Dubai
Street art has in the part several years become ubiquitous. Many countries across the world have accepted this culture and supported it by organizing festivals that brought some of the most famous names in the street art world and this way promoting it to a much wider audience. Barcelona (as one of the coastal cities that have one of the most vibrant street art scene) and Spain in general have been big supporters of this community for a very long time and the country itself has produced several great street art names. The surprising subculture that is street art has in recent years stimulated a great amount of interest from the art world and seems like it will get only bigger. Interest is coming especially from the communities that still don’t have that dynamic and colorful art scene. Dubai saw Spanish art scene as very inspiring and creative and decided to promote its cultural assets to its citizens.
Barcelona’s Coolest Street Artists
This September, Dubai’s creative space “The Mine” is introducing the audience to its first ever urban contemporary art group show “Unsanctioned Art”. From the Studios and Streets of Barcelona to the Walls of the “The Mine”, a selection of 11 of Barcelona’s coolest street artists will be showcasing pieces of an ever growing artistic movement. The outstanding list of artists includes: Pez, Mag1, Olivia Ivana Flores, Carolina Toscano, Eox, Btoy, Xupte, Pajares, Pezkhamino and Francisco De Pajaro, better known by his street name “Art Is Trash” who will also produce one of his street installations live at The Mine.
The Streets Talk
The exhibition will highlight pieces ranging from graffiti to pop art and diverse installations. Also, visitors will get the chance to see the screening of the documentary entitled “Las Calles Hablan” (the streets talk) that features street art in Barcelona. The feature length documentary explores the history, motivation, politics and the numerous supporting elements involved in the street art scene. Screening will be followed by an open discussion with Robert Burt (owner of Base Elements Gallery in Barcelona) on urban art as a high cultural diversity and a half shift to a new “zeitgeist” world in the field of global communications and awareness.
With a selection of over a dozen hip young artists, “Unsanctioned Art” at “The Mine” starting on September 16 will open the doors to an atypical artistic community and illustrate Barcelona’s rhythm and natural artistic beat. The show will be on view until October 4, 2014.
The Mine is a creative space that facilitates access to unique artwork and design products; as well as providing an environment that nurtures emerging local talent, supports industry networking and exposes international artists to the region. They cater towards the needs of young or blooming collectors, providing a broad range of spellbinding, contemporary pieces. The founder, Sanaz Askari meticulously handpicks each piece to be exhibited as the precious gems of The Mine. Artwork ranges from video and audio installations to painting, photography, sculptures and fashion.