The Covert Prestige of the Graffiti and Street Art in Madrid
As you walk along the streets of Madrid today you are made fully aware that you’re in a cosmopolitan metropolis of a city, with the chic café/bars housing both locals and tourists, the museums and parks just waiting to be explored and the colourful street art hiding on every corner, this is Madrid’s culture personified. Yet, if you’d walked these same streets 20/30 years ago you would’ve be faced with an entirely different environment. A newly awakening country followed the end of Franco’s leadership in the late 1970s. This time Spanish history saw the emancipation of the country and its people, and it was this new found freedom from which La Movida was born. La Movida wasn’t just a group of people or a style of clothing but rather a counter cultural movement which took place in Madrid. The youth of the city were trying to rid themselves of the rules imposed by Franco’s regime and in doing so created freedom on the streets. This new found independence saw the movement spread across music, photography, television, film and street art with Pedro Almodovar becoming one of the best known examples of La Movida internationally as a result of his success as a film director. Today La Movida is no longer a counter cultural movement for the citizens of Madrid but rather a new way of life and an identity which is evident every day and in every corner of the city.
Words by: Phoebe Farr
Photography by : Phoebe Farr, Charlotte MacDougal & Daniel Fletcher