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A Veces Sufrir Conyeba A Vivir (Sometimes Suffering Entails Living),

Collaboration between Enrique Rodriguez Garrett and Teresa Miró. Handset type on cardboard box, 6″ x 4″ x 0.25″. Origami pamphlet, 18.5″ x 6.5″

Self-published edition, ready to be mailed, that displays documentation of the use of San Cristobal de los Ángeles´ streets as an interpersonal communication live canvas. A neighborhood in the southern outskirts of Madrid,  Spain, San Cristobal is almost a perfect square kilometer. In 2007 it had a 45% immigration rate, coming from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Central and South America. Here we find a neglected library, fifty identical bars, the remains of a video club turned into a precarious mosque and two cathedral-size churches, all competing for the attention of its 18,000 inhabitants. The neighborhood´s graffiti can be divided in two large spacial subsets: an eastern zone heavy with self-affirmation messages and a second area around the main plaza were the content of the messages is mainly used as a form of interpersonal communication, multicultural and global in nature. A Veces sufrir conyeba a vivirfocuses on this second type of graffiti, like the work entitled Queie denusie lo mato, in which the writer threatens to kill anyone who reports that a nearby mosque i operating without a permit. No hay rovar ropa hejos de puta pedela se te cojo te mato marecon (One should not steal clothes, ask for them you mother fuckers, if i get my hands on you I’ll kill you, you faggot) shares monumental size and down-to-earth pragmatism with the nearby No tirar por favor (Please do not throw). We find that the desirable cosmopolitanism is demanded to those who have the least tools to achieve such a high goal, turning it into a burden that routine does not make any lighter.