Escif's Drawings Capturing The Moment in Time In Spain

November 29, 2017

The recent turbulent events in Spain couldn't pass uncommented by one of their most constant and most prolific street artists, former Juxtapoz cover artist, Escif. Sensitive to political and social injustice and their effects on common people, he created a series of watercolor drawings that are commenting on the unprecedented events that are currently marking history in his homeland.

After years of efforts to get their independence from Spain, the autonomous region of Catalonia recently organized an independence referendum on October 1st, 2017, which was suppressed with excessive force and brutality by the Spanish police. A few weeks later, the Catalan parliament voted to declare independence after which the cabinet ministers were being charged with rebellion, sedition, and misuse of public funds, with few ending up in jail. Such tense political and social climate that questions the main pillars of democracy as a system of government served as an inspiration for new drawings by the Valencia-based artist.

Showing riot police fighting a voting box (another take of his similar earlier work), an anti-bomb squad dismantling the same object or a ghost wearing a Spanish flag, these images are sharp observations of the current events seen through Escif critical eye. Part poetic, part humorous, they are universal images that reveal the global synergy between the politic and power, often at the expense of common people. —Sasha Bogojev