For each piece, Ever does anthropological research, seeking to discover the values and issues connected to specific communities where he works. Therefore, his rich and colorful piece on Embajadores Street combines art history references with figurative elements typical of the Lavapies neighborhood. The artist used motifs from Matisse’s iconic 1910 painting Dance, which symbolizes a strong sense of unity and a high level of community consciousness in the neighborhood. Inside Matisse’s dance circle, the artist added an assemblage of fruits, flowers and a range of different objects, all referencing El Rastro, a lively and multicultural flea market taking place each Sunday in Lavapies. On top of that, an assortment of kittens is there to provide a cuteness relief, while also sending a political message. Ever is quite happy with the feedback from the local community, highlighting the importance of creating a dialogue with them instead of just invading their space.
Hunted by Tim Marschang.
Pictures by Leticia Díaz de la Morena .