Temps de Dones

The artist Irantzu Lekue paints the mural Temps de Dones that will preside over the central façade of La CIBA

a pioneering building that the Santa Coloma de Gramenet City Council will dedicate to policies of equality, innovation and feminist economics

During the first week of June, the Basque artist Irantzu Lekue, will finalize her new participatory mural for the social transformation Temps de Dones, one more step in the construction of La CIBA, an emblematic building, of more than 6,000 square meters, which, driven by the City Council of Santa Coloma de Gramenet, will become a municipal facility to be allocated to gender policies, innovation and feminist economics. Its implementation is scheduled for next September.

Irantzu Lekue is a young and well-known Basque artist who works with social art, conceptual art, artivism and accessible art through artistic installations, video art, painting and sculpture. His works reflect on art and memory, on social injustices and the importance of educating based on multiple intelligences. Their work challenges and opens participatory processes to society, awakening their ability to reflect on various problems and posing alternatives to the most current social injustices.

For the realization of this project, Irantzu Lekue has counted with the participation of the Consell de Dones of Santa Coloma de Gramenet, the groups of women and feminists and a representation of the students of artistic baccalaureate of the city. The participation of these groups has been especially noticeable in the definition and achievement of the elements that make up the mural Temps de Dones, which will occupy much of the central façade of the CIBA, collecting in its proposal both the history of feminist struggles in the city as to the local and international feminist referents, such as Clara Campoamor. The mural is an allegory of the conquest of the rights and freedoms of women.

The mural by Irantzu Lekue is another step in the transformation of La CIBA, which neighbors and residents of Santa Coloma can begin to enjoy months before the emblematic building opens its doors and launches all its spaces, resources and projects for the social and economic empowerment of women.

Irantzu Lekue has developed during his professional career a very important work of muralism for social transformation, creating protest murals through participatory processes that occupy the public space and generate a direct impact on the community that welcomes them, interjecting it both from ideas and from the creativity of the artist.

It is for this reason that the City Council of Santa Coloma de Gramenet contacted her to devise and carry out in a participatory way a large mural of 125 square meters for the building of La CIBA, a unique and pioneering space throughout the country for the development of the equality, gender policies, innovation and feminist economics that, starting next September, will open its doors, becoming a space of reference at European level.

The title of the mural by Irantzu Lekue for The CIBA is Temps de Dones, a nod to the song “Les temps des cerises” and the Paris Commune, in the words of the artist ‘A la luz que viene y que vienera’. The axes of the project have been citizen participation and social transformation, with the theme of art, gender and milestones of the women of Santa Coloma de Gramenet.

The participatory process for the creation of the mural began with an artistic translation of the ideas that came out of the three participatory days with the Consell de Dones of Santa Coloma de Gramenet, from which emerged the conceptual and pictorial elements that the artist has incorporated into the mural. Through these elements Temps de Dones influences the visibility of women, their legacy and their transmission from generation to generation.

The mural depicts feminist referents such as Clara Campoamor, Ngozi Adichie, Chimamanda, Malala Yousaszai and Rosa Naybillinghust, as enclaves and historical moments of the city and its women; like the old agrarian fields of strawberries and vineyards, the history of bus hijacking in the neighborhood of Les Oliveres, in which women played a leading role, to demand their arrival in the city, or the old footbridge next to the Molinet bridge that It unites Santa Coloma with the capital, also symbolizing the way women have to travel to achieve a true just and egalitarian society. The composition of the mural symbolizes an open door, ‘because the CIBA will be an open door, for those who go through a bad time and for those who are a reference, weaving a network between them’. In the execution of the mural, the participatory process has been reopened, including women and other groups, so that the community can contribute to the