How to Stage Urban Struggles

24 June 2020

A project initiated by Alba Folgado as part of CuratorLab 2019/20, in collaboration with the artists Pablo Echaurren and Elof Hellström. The project, in the form of an online publication, is now available for download.

Pablo Echaurren, drawing for "Lotta Continua", 1977, felt-tip pen on paper, 22x33 cm.

How to Stage Urban Struggles
analyses the agency of art to reclaim social justice as well as to criticize spatial restrictions and the privatization of public goods. To do so, it looks at past and current artistic representations, departing from the premise that each particular context has influenced them and their aesthetic choices.

In this case, a written exercise is the catalyst for a conversation between Elof Hellström — from the Stockholm based collective Mapping the Unjust City — and the Italian artist Pablo Echaurren, who was part of the Metropolitan Indians group in 1977. Both have established a close relationship with art and the urban space, which will be shown and compared through this project.

How to Stage Urban Struggles, online publication (pdf file)