Umbral: refuge, criticism and art fill the metro

The Umbral project brings together works by twelve international artists and three social organisations, reflecting on migration as a characteristic of current societies. The works of art are on display at thirteen metro stations, with locations in all city districts.

10/12/2018 18:26 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

Umbral is intended as an opportunity for reflection and comprehension of the inequalities experienced by millions of people forced to migrate for political or social reasons. The artwork aims to put the public more in touch with this common issue for contemporary societies, seeking awareness and empathy among different groups of people regardless of their origin, culture, age or sex.

The works of art are on display in the stations of Urquinaona, Passeig de Gràcia, Diagonal, Sants Estació, Maria Cristina, Espanya and Arc de Triomf, and outside the stations of Mundet, Ciutadella – Vila Olímpica, Drassanes, Guinardó – Hospital de Sant Pau, Fabra i Puig and the Espai Mercè Sala exhibition space in the Diagonal station. The artists who created the pieces are Yto Barrada and Leila Alaoui, Banu Cennetoglu, Ramon Esono, Daniel García Andújar, Eulàlia Grau, Rogelio López Cuenca and Elo Vega, Teresa Margolles, Dan Perjovschi, Estefanía Peñafiel and Hiwa K, as well as the projects Frontera Sud, Sueños Refugiados and Un regalo para Kushbu.

The artwork will be on display until 6 February 2019.

Cities for Rights

The Umbral project was inaugurated as part of the Cities for Rights international conference, a two-day meeting bringing together activists, professionals and representatives from 70 cities around the world to discuss how municipal governments can protect and guarantee human rights at different levels. The conference comes at a historic moment where rights are being curbed in many countries and the far-right is gaining power while criminalising the most vulnerable.

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