Jeosm, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Guerreros urbanos [Urban warriors], 2016
A spectacular photo book on the clandestine interventions of graffiti writers. With texts by Arturo Pérez-Reverte.
A great story of resistance, converted into art and street action, told by two voices. One, photographic, belongs to Jeosm, also writer of graffiti; the other, narrative, to the novelist and academic Arturo Pérez-Reverte. Both potray the figures and the work of those who, while the city sleeps, leave in it with audicity their mark.
This is the story of some urban guerrilleros.
According to the review by Luis Benvenuty, the book hardly contains any pictures of graffiti, but of the writers at work. They don’t consider the pictures art, but are striving for respect among their fold. This book shows the practical side of preparing and executing the clandestine “work” that for the majority of us doesn’t make any sense and carries a high cost of “collateral damage”…
Recently there have appeared different articles in the Spanish press talking about the conflict between graffiti sprayers that have “sold out”, i.e. they put their talent into the service of local administrations to embellish degraded areas with “urban art”, and those who think that graffiti must not serve any commercial interests (“gentrification”) but remain an anarchic movement.
Montana Colors is a Barcelona-based company that since 1994 provides graffiti artists with a range of non-toxic colors; they have been so successful that the company includes a culture department, a youtube channel, an art gallery, a cafe, cooperations with local schools on mural painting…
SOURCE: Alfaguara (publisher); Luis Benvenuty, “Esprais entre rails,” La Vanguardia, August 6, 2016, p. 36 [printed edition]