Why this story matters:
Through an eye-catching exhibition titled "Deconstruction," the October Cultural Association of Torrelavega wants the Spanish public to reflect, denounce and re-think stereotypes and ideas that lead to sexist attitudes in day to day life. Through this exhibit, members of the Association hope that they will "generate debate and opinion about the origin of these problems" as well as raise awareness about the importance of gender equality.
One of the most popular works has been giant replicas of phones with WhatsApp conversations. Some conversations feature the commonplace, such as a chat between a mother and daughter talking about getting home safely. Others are more political.
One shows the real WhatsApp conversations of the "manada" or "the wolf pack," the five Spanish men who sexually abused an 18-year-old woman at the 2016 Running of the Bulls festival in Pamplona and whose aquittal caused national and international outcry.
Spain has been struggling, like the rest of the world, with debates about gender equality and violence against women. These type of exhibits, which ask the public to directly engage with these issues, keep the discussion going.
Details from the story:
- The October Cultural Association of Torrelavega, Spain, is an independent association which aims to create, develop and share a vigorous approach to collective culture. It focuses on educational art installations that might not work for "official" museum exhibits.
- One of the pieces in the exhibit lines the street with chauvinist comments which we all hear daily such as "Deep down I know you like," "You have made me do it," "I only do it for your own good." Another shows a statue of a woman carrying the full weight of domestic tasks.
- The exhibition was shown in the streets of Torrelavega on Saturday June 16 and the association said they felt the exhibition had been very accepted by the citizens.
- The association explains that "Deconstruction is reflecting, rethinking, doubting the established as an irrefutable norm. To deconstruct is to generate debate and opinion going to the origin of the problems. We have put our effort and commitment as an association in trying to achieve it. Your feedback has given us a big push in this regard."
- "Aware of the problems afflicting our society, we believe, not only possible, but also necessary, to confront them from a cultural and artistic perspective, since we believe in the immense power that creativity has to transform the state of things."