Never one to shy away from controversial social or cultural topics, Escif’s newest mural in Niort, France shows a soccer player with a ball and chain around his ankle. This piece is entitled “Slaves” and to better understand its context, the artist attached text from the Madrid-based writer and philosopher, Santiago Alba Rico.
“In one of his books, Fernando Ortiz includes slaves prices in 1970, according to its owners advertised in a newspaper of Havana: a black men 24 years old, robust and healthy, with no strikeouts nor diseases, could cost 300 pesos; a “black man , Creole, 16 years old, healthy and ready” 500; a good cook woman, “humble and faithful, healthy and unblemished”, up to 950. At Real Madrid, sport imaginary multinational, Cristiano Ronaldo slave has cost 93 million euros, that is 130 million dollars. Is the record. Zidane had cost 76 million, Kaká 66; Figo 61; Buffon 47.”
(Santiago Alba Rico / El Naufragio del Hombre)