Street Art of Granada: A Photoessay

Gabby Jockers is a student at Northeastern University and an official API Student Blogger. Gabby is studying abroad this fall with API in Granada, Spain.

Vibrant colors, detailed portraits, emotionally charged visualizations. You might find these things in an art gallery or a museum, by all you really need to do is spend an afternoon or two wandering around the streets of Granada to see some of the most stunning and personal art. At least to me, the graffiti and murals on the side of building and shops’ metal barriers are some of the most captivating works I’ve seen, not only describing the artist or the place, but the people of Granada and Spain as a whole. 

We see not only some great creativity in making even the most boring things eye –catching and beautiful:

But also Granada’s vibrant music scene:

People making statements:

And looks into the gritty reality of what has passed these walls:

But then some things are encouraging and hopeful for the future:

And you can tell these people take pride in their work, their city, their freedom, their people, and their county. They love what they’re doing:

The art I find in the street speaks the most to me. It represents the person who is not represented elsewhere, whose art would not make it into a gallery or a museum. Some people such as Banksy and Harper Ferry have managed to make strong statements through their street art and I like to recognize those artists who speak to their own people through a medium they encounter every day. This is one way I understand Granada.

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