Barcelona’s new mayor, in a barrio that doesn’t fit him well

Xavier Trias in a 'casa barata'. Photo: Carola Pagani (2004)

We always liked this photo. In 2004, who is now the new mayor of Barcelona visited Bon Pastor: this photo was taken inside the casa barata of some friends (and informants) of ours. What we find interesting here is the presence, we might call it, of the different kind of people portrayed. The man on the right, the grandfather, the girl, look solid, real, strong. The politician in the middle seems cut out and sticked on a scenario that doesn’t fit him: he looks uncomfortable, like he didn’t know how to behave. Some places make the power feel bad; and the power – rightwing or leftwing, it’s the same – tries by all means to wipe them out.