A conference about tagging, in history and today
The Tag Conference has been a first attempt to conceptually frame contemporary tagging, and to study it alongside its abundant but largely ignored historical antecedents. The event gathered thirty-two contributions from all five continents, and the room was exceptionally full during the two days. Directed by Javier Abarca and Edward Birzin for the Freie Universität, Berlin.
Unlock is the international publishing fair dedicated to graffiti and street art. Its opening edition took place in Barcelona in 2016, and its second in Berlin in 2017. The fair has become the meeting space for the independent publishing scene, and features a program of lectures, book launches, live performances and documentary screenings. Founded and directed by Javier Abarca.
Seminar with Adam, Akay and Wermke Leinkauf
Graffiti as psychogeographical map brought together a group of artists whose work has quietly revolutionised the field of encounter between graffiti and contemporary art. Building upon the ideas of situationist psychogeography, the analysis of the work of these artists was presented as a guide to study graffiti from new and revealing perspectives. Directed by Javier Abarca, commissioned by UIMP.
Solo exhibition and residence by Eltono
Deambular was the first solo exhibition in a Spanish museum by an artist coming from the street art scene. In more than two weeks of residency Eltono used both the exhibition space and the streets as workshop, stage and material. The result is a series of simple and modest projects that effortlessly involve the viewer in a magical experience of the city. Co-curated by Javier Abarca for Artium museum.
In Postgraffiti, geometry and abstraction the exhibition space was used as an archive of photographs and videos of pieces the artists had produced in the street following their usual methodologies. As a main feature Eltono was commissioned to produce a hybrid project between the street and the exhibition space, following the line of work he had started to explore the previous year. Fundación Caixa Galicia, A Coruña. Curated by Javier Abarca.
Urbanario is Javier Abarca’s publishing platform. It started in 2008 and quickly became a reference for graffiti and street art research in Spanish language. The project includes a blog (Spanish), a collection of in-depth articles, and a series of books.