Graffiti messages in Madrid. What do they want to express?

The street art industry in Spain has been hitting hard over the past decade. While graphic designers have focused on murals and faccades, there’s still a high presence of graffiti messages in Madrid city. We chose a small selection of them as to highlight what the graffiti writers have painted in the streets. Here we go…

Political graffiti messages in Madrid.

The street art movement has always been related to the complaints that people had against those from the establishment social class. As a consequence, we observed the following graffiti messages in Madrid city centre:

  • Demands to stop certain laws, such as “ley mordaza”. People have actively opossed to its creation.
  • Refugee solutions. Why aren’t politicians allowing war-victim immigrants to arrive to Spain?
  • Immigration problems, still there is a high conflict in Ceuta and Melilla to be solved.
  • The popular term ‘gentrification’, which is affecting the appartment rents in all city center areas.

Why do artists create these graffiti messages in Madrid?

It is said that when you do not like something, you should do something to change it. Consequently, we can observe these graffiti messages in Madrid as a way for people to express their opinions over controversial ideas or plans. Have you ever writen or said something for a change? Just observe how the #metoo movement is creating a huge protest from women who ever suffered an abuse. Empower them! No one should ever be silenced!

Where to find graffiti messages in Madrid?

The neighborhoods of Malasaña and Lavapiés are the most popular areas, being the latter one visited by our street art tour. The graffiti walls in Madrid might be seen around Calle Embajadores, Calle Argumosa or San Vicente Ferrer. The question is, do you agree with this type of activism?

Open debate for graffiti messages in Madrid

Acting just as distribuitors for others, we wanted to show the graffiti messages that others created. Now the fact should be, do you agree or disagree with all these messages? Would you prosecute someone creating this type of art in the street or would you support them? What to you think about the matter? Share your opinion with us on Facebook.

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