The artists immerse themselves in the reality of the area where the intervention will occur, to share and reach consensus through participatory processes within the social fabric of the neighborhood. This process enables the artist to be an agent of change, stimulates dialogue on critical issues and builds bridges of connection and understanding.
Why participatory processes?
Parees presents models of functional and sustainable action to intervene on walls with what we call variously contextual art, artistic murals, collaborative art practices, new types of public art, or aesthetic dialogues, to positively influence coexistence in public space and boost the social and cultural life of our neighbourhoods.
In this type of artistic intervention, it is always important to highlight the value of the process, the collective work of inquiry and intervention in a neighbourhood, the active value of the communities, and, above all, the denial of the role of the artist as an isolated agent, and the work of art as a distant and incomprehensible object of social reality.
For what participatory processes?
As indicated by Paul Ardenne (“Un art contextuel: création artistique en milieu urbain, en situation, d’intervention, de participation”, Flammarion 2002), art must be contextualized within the framework of an action that generates a propositive change, wherever it occurs. A contextualization that achieves, through art, spaces for new social interactions where they did not exist before. Spaces converted into opportunities for expression, making the most of places that have mostly been ignored and forgotten. Thus, a new geography is created, a new social productivity of space, which redefines the role of that space and of the person, the neighbour, the citizen. In short, we take full advantage of a place, strengthening the intrinsic dimensions that it has and those that it has acquired through the artistic intervention.
How do the participatory processes work?
The artists are accompanied and guided by local mediators who facilitate the dynamics of meeting with people and significant entities of the municipality. Based on these encounters, the artist produces the design, working in situ, so that it is generated based on specific inputs for the project and thus flee from clichés or pre-established ideas.
In the 2017 festival, three murals were made with such participatory processes; those of Agostino Iacurci, Anna Taratiel and Bitxo.
The participatory processes of the interventions are designed and put into practice by Raposu Roxu (Laura Lara y Olga Roces).
These processes invite us to break with linear thinking to let creative processes emerge. Creativity here is understood as a broad concept applied to our lives; as a capacity for resilience, for finding solutions, for awakening critical consciousness and divergent thinking.