“Las Calles Hablan is a feature length documentary ﬁlm about street art in Barcelona. Until now there hasn’t been a deﬁnitive ﬁlm made in Barcelona which explores the history, motivation, politics and the numerous characters involved in the street art scene.
The story follows the real life experience of Katrine Knauer as she develops her interest in Barcelona urban art through her photoblogging website called Mapping Barcelona Public Art and an 2012 street art exhibition featuring some of her discovered artists.
The ﬁlm was originally considered as a 5 minute documentary to complement the Las Calles Hablan exhibition but we later realised that a much bigger, more intriguing story needed to be told. The deeper we delved into this vibrant subculture the more we discovered and the more we got hooked.
We wanted to make a documentary which was ﬁlmed mostly on the streets, shot from the hip, something that reﬂects the street art itself. A lot of the story comes from the street artists´ themselves. They were always generous with their time and information. They developed the process, they wanted this story to be told. Las Calles Hablan is a story about discovering a hidden world, an extraordinary subculture and the struggle between an artistic community painting for freedom of expression and an increasingly restrictive dogmatic government.”
Zosen, Mina Hamada, Kenor, Kram, El Xupet Negre, Debens, Fert, Dase, SM172, Ogoch, Kafre, Aleix Gordo, Meibol, Eledu, C215, H101, Miss Van, Btoy, El Arte Es Basura, Konair, Gola, Vinz.
Additional art and film by:
Secle, Eme, Alice, Pez, Skount, Enzo&Nio, Tom14, Bombing Art.
Emma Lady EMZ, Secret Panda Society.
In support for the release of Las Calles Hablan documentary we have organised an online petition to request the government to enter into conversation with the street art community. If you like the film and agree with our position, please sign the petition “Consider street art as a cultural asset for the city”
The Petition can be viewed here:
Additional article by Ian Currie
The Ancient antagonism between street artists and governments
For a long list of related links and additional information view background information here in the
Online Press Kit: storyboard.me/lascalleshablan