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).