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Barcelona’s “La Mina”: a goldmine for city planners

14/08/2010 admin 0

“See how La Mina is changing, you can reed on a huge poster from Barcelona’s Ronda Litoral highway, past the enormous buildings of La Mina. This neighborhood was built in the ’60 to give housing to the inhabitants of the gypsy neighborhood of Campo de la Bota”, when the coast of Barcelona had to be cleaned, just where today there is the “Forum”. Francisco Franco himself inaugurated the neighborhood: its scale is still impressive, just imagine how it ways half a century ago to the eyes of those who came from the slums on the beach. In the occasion of 2004 Forum of Cultures, La Mina received another “integral urban renewal plan”, driven by the Consorcio de La Mina: after many years of useless negotiations with the Consorcio, the Platform of associations and residents of La Mina decided to move directly against the project, and asked us a survey on the opinions that La Mina’s residents have about the urban renewal plan. This report has been used within the legal actions that the Platform moved against the project. It’s very different to watch how La Mina is changing from a car running on the Ronda highway, and to see it through the eyes of its residents, in the squares between the buildings. They see the opposite part of the poster.

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From the center of Sevilla to the “3000 viviendas”

13/08/2010 admin 0
Polígono sur. El arte de las tresmil, de Dominique Abel (España-Francia, 2003) WATCH THE ENTIRE MOVIE. Life and art of the gypsies who lived in the historical districts of the center of Sevilla, evicted and now living in the neighborhood known as the "3000 viviendas" in the Poligono Sur. "Our roof was the sky. Now we have houses; heating; fridges; but we miss what we had before, those ideals we had before. Do you remember how it was in Triana, we had nothing to eat but we were in grace of God, with only a tomato, singing and dancing, no shoes, we didn't get ill".
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Camp de la Bota, 1974

13/08/2010 admin 0

13-1-1974, images from the archive of the journalist Maria Favà, taken in the slum of the Campo de la Bota, during the demolition and deportation of its residents towards the new blocks in La Mina (in the background). Now this area is known as the “Forum of Cultures 2004”. A memorial stone mentioned the thousands of political prisoners executed by Francisco Franco in this part of coast; it asked “peace, but not oblivion”. It was removed to celebrate the “Forum”.

  • PHOTOS OF CAMPO DE LA BOTA (Maria Favà, 13/1/1974) [ALBUM]
  • Campo de la Bota in the movie “Yo el Vaquilla” (José Antonio de la Loma, 1985) [link to youtube]
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Naples, 2013 Forum of Cultures

13/08/2010 admin 0
"The first edition of the Forum of Cultures, in Barcelona in 2004, was a failure: the ambitious program of cultural events served only as a cover for a huge speculative operation on the popular neighborhood of Poblenou and on the city coast. In the same way in Naples, Forum 2013 will be the Trojan horse through which heavily revalorize for tourism and real estate the city's historical center and the area of Bagnoli, speeding up the expulsion of the low-income classes towards the peripheries, and to increase constructions on the coast of Coroglio".
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Sarai Martín

21/04/2010 admin 0

Sarai Martín López (Badalona, 1995) is a predoctoral researcher at the University of Barcelona, in which she has developed since 2020 a thesis on the logics of representation, circulation and consumption of “artistic” objects categorised as ethnic –in particular those that are themed as Africans– that operate today in the city of Barcelona. In 2018 he graduated in Social and Cultural Anthropology and, in 2019, he studied the Master’s Degree in Anthropology and Ethnography at the same institution. From 2016 to 2019 he carried out field work in parties for singles organised in the capital of Barcelona, within the framework of an ethnographic research on contemporary forms of sex-affective relationship and processes of commodification of artifacts. This research has recently been formalised with the publication of the book Singles. Una aproximación a fiestas para “solteros” (Bellaterra, 2021).

Since 2018, he has been a member of the Grup de Recerca en Exclusió i Controls Socials (GRECS) and the’Observatori d’Antropologia del Conflicte Urbà (OACU). She is also a member of the Institut Català d’Antropologia (ICA), from which she has been able to participate in various research projects supported by the same institution thanks to the support of the Observatori de Patrimoni Etnològic i Immaterial (OPEI) and the Institut Ramón Muntaner (IRMU).

In 2020-2021 he carried out field work in the Badalona neighborhood of Pomar, in the context of a study that has made it possible to document the impact that, on a scale of socio-spatial representation, had on the neighborhood and its population at the end of the seventies and eighties the filming of Perros Callejeros II, by José Antonio de la Loma. It has also been interested in the processes of periferisation and urban pacification.

She has developed and collaborated with the research project for the study and recovery of historical memory. It is currently carrying out an ethnohistorical investigation into the struggle of anti-Franco women during the late Franco regime and the transition in the Valles municipality of Santa Perpetua de Mogoda, funded by the same Santa Perpetua City Council and the Cercle de Recerca d’Estudis de la Mogoda (CREM). Following this line, she has collaborated in an investigation into the awareness-raising processes of anti-Franco militants in Catalonia, coordinated by Manuel Delgado and sponsored by the Memorial Democràtic. She has also participated as a support for research in initiatives organised by the European Observatory on Memories (EUROM).…