Barcelona Shutters

21 Feb 2012|Cultural Insight Team

Shutters in Barcelona

It was interesting being in Barcelona over the Christmas break.  The great thing about being in the city over the holidays is all the shop’s shutters are down, exposing a fascinating cultural negotiation.

Since the sensational success of the 1992 Olympics, Barcelona has been transformed into a hotspot of tourism and migration – in some ways saturating the proud local Catalan culture.

One visible expression of this tension has been the mass graffiti-ing of store fronts – but, brilliantly, the locals are fighting back by re-graffiti-ing the shutters to express their own cultural vision.

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