PichiAvo Creates Athena in Barcelona
For the duo's 1st public proclamation in Barcelona, Spain...
PichiAvo then headed to Barcelona, to paint the Greek godess Athena in the facade of the student residence Livensa Living Diagonal Alto of Temprano Capital Partners, designed by Portuguese architect José Quintela da Fonseca in Esplugues de Llobregat.
The artistic duo has designed a mural that shows a very particular version of Pallas Athena’s sculpture in the Austrian Parliament, in Vienna.
Despite not being a contemporary figure, Athena has become a key figure in the collective progressive ideology of our civilization. Being a representative character of diverse feminist schools of thought, this goddess represents the warrior, the protector; the wise and independent woman.
In this mural, the artists have showed yet again their incomparable style in deconstructing the purest classic art iconography through the incorporation of urban expressions.
PichiAvo started as a duo in '07, and have been working together since then. They both painted graffiti as adolescents, using spray cans in their home of Valencia, Spain. Their main goals is to provoke any kind of reaction to the spectators, the public. Therefore, this Pallas Athena aims to enhance those attributes embodied under her name to throw a unifying message in support of the women empowerment as producers of knowledge, fighters, intelligent, emancipated and, above all, freedom.
Moreover, just as the representation of Athena in several European Parliaments depict protection to citizens and territories, PichiAvo frames here the goddess’ figure as the protector and guardian of the city of Esplugues de Llobregat and, more explicitly, of the students and young minds who will inhabit Livensa Living Diagonal Alto Barcelona.
Through this latest work, PichiAvo confirms again that the beauty of classical art is not their central focus, but to disaggregate those symbols through a contemporary and transgressive aesthetic in order to construct new conceptual lectures, and communicate fundamental values and concepts within our society.
Photos by Fer Alcalá