ABOVE : 24% Unemployment. New social piece from Zaragoza, Spain about world record unemployment level.
24% DESEMPLEADOS Translates into English 24% UNEMPLOYED.
“I was invited to Zaragoza, Spain to paint at the 7th annual International art festival ASALTO (http://asaltoproduccion.es/ ) The organizers of ASALTO gave me a large selection of different sized walls to choose from for my painting. I chose this 40 metre (120 foot) long wall as I could execute my idea and concept perfectly. To make this piece even more situational and site specific I was able to get the help of local Spanish people who wanted to participate as the subjects in this piece. I invited them into my studio and had them pose as models as I traced their silhouettes on paper, that I later cut into a stencil which was painted on the wall.
Spain is the Eurozone’s 4th largest economy, however one in four people in Spain are unemployed. In August 2012, Spain’s unemployment rate reached 24.4%, twice the euro-zone average. Even more shocking is the unemployment rate for those under 25 years old, is a staggering 53%! As of September 2012 there are 4,600,000 people without jobs in Spain.
An unemployment rate of 24% or 25% puts a country about where the U.S. was during the 1930s during the Great Depression. In September 2012 Spain breaks the world record and has the highest unemployment anywhere in the world!”
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“People look at me like I’m from another planet when I tell them I don’t have social media like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. In the eyes of social media I’m severely outdated, lost and not ‘connected’.
Not partaking in the aforementioned social media makes me an outsider looking in on how hyper frequent society uses its sacred social media. I can’t help but observe the people around me who appear to be consumed and addicted to trying to keep up to speed on their social media pages.
You check your Facebook page while driving. Tweet a message that you ‘just took a shower’. Instagram a photo of your double soy macchiato with extra foam and so it continues ad infinitum.
I have more questions than I do answers with social media. We live in a ridiculously hyper fast pace life where information is exchanged so rapidly that it makes us feel inadequate and drains our attention span. This painting was executed at the GALORE festival (werket.dk/galore/) in Copenhagen, Denmark. The painting is a time-lapse composed of over 9,000 photos and painted over a 5-day period. As irony has it this video will be reblogged and seen on social media outlets the world over. Enjoy and try to keep up.”
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