Passatge de Piera: interpreting a transition


This is an event that will not happen,
set in a place that is no more.
It the end, all that will remain,
is a book.

In 1923 the Passatge de Piera was built culminating the final expansion of Colònia Castells, built to accommodate working families, mostly from southern Spain, who worked in the Castells factory during the Second Industrial Revolution in the neighborhood of Les Corts (annexed to Barcelona in 1899).

Each house measured about 40m2, and in each of them lived two families. The remarkable lack of space meant that the community lived on the street. The houses were passed from generation to generation with what most of its current inhabitants have inherited housing. During 2018, the neighbors will have to vacate their houses and this last street left will cease to exist.

The Artists

The book is a collaboration of eight local and international artists from various backgrounds and disciplines, each using the same medium; line drawings and strokes on paper, black on white; and free to express themselves through performance, installation or investigative studies, whether it’s using numbers, music or voids to interpret their ideas. Essentially, this book is a means of celebrating a special place during an uncertain moment in time in a language common to all (art).

Each artwork is an original and will be Screen Printed by hand by one of the artists, and signed by each creator. Participating artists were specially selected to contribute based on their diverse skills and disciplines, creating an experimental dimension to this book, with an element of ‘the unknown’ surrounding its final destination – not dissimilar to the journey of Passage de Piera residents today.

Ely DaouKaterina Ashche / Lucy Costelloe  /  Luis GuerraNatalia Toro Garcia
Oriol Texidor  /  Rebecca LyneZahra Dar

The Book

The colour of the book cover is reminiscent of the old and faded bricks used in the abandoned houses, and the dry leaves that have fallen on the ground.

The house facades printed on vellum paper evoke memories of places that soon will cease to be …and the artists’ interpretations are printed on thick, textured paper, creating a covert communication through one’s senses.

Conceptually, the book represents a house. In each house there lived about 8 people; 8 artists live in this book. Each artist is different, each one comes from a different artistic discipline and each one has a very personal interpretation of this transition.

At the end after the acknowledgements, we leave the Passatge passing through the neighbours’ doors and blurred memories and we return to the street, the bricks, the fallen leaves.

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