Monday, October 18

Vandalized street lamps with feminist decoration appear in Vigo

Several street lamps decorated with feminist messages have appeared partially covered in black spray this week in Vigo. A project supported by the City Council in the Churruca neighborhood made several street lamps, planters and bins in the area available to a dozen artists. Among them, Lupita Hard, who painted several of these elements in pastel colors and later drew shapes of naked bodies in black and wrote several messages: “What I do is annoying because your head perverts it”, “Free love”, “Turn off the fire that burns and kindles the one that burns. ”

The project sought to make the neighborhood’s street furniture elements “a platform for urban art,” according to the mayor of the city, the socialist Abel Caballero, when he presented the initiative at the beginning of September. Lupita Hard has shared some images of the streetlights she has decorated on her social networks, but she has not referred to the attack. Yes they have denounced it through Twitter Podemos Galicia and the youth organization Rebeldia Galicia, linked to Podemos.

The attack comes two weeks after another feminist work appeared covered in graffiti in the city of Vigo. It is a mural entitled ‘Pioneiras’ and that recalls the figures of seven prominent women on Gran Vía street. On the painting appeared graffiti such as “Foreign rapists, feminist silence.”

This is not the first time someone has attacked this mural. In May, the World March of Mulleres already denounced that a graffiti appeared on the work in which one could read “Stop feminazis”. Although it was repaired, it has been the subject of a new attack. The women who appear in the mural, all Galician, are Rosario Hernández, La Calesa, a socialist assassinated in a Falange barracks in 1936; Urania Mella, piano teacher and pioneer of women’s associations; the gynecologist Olimpia Valencia, the first Galician graduate in Medicine; the philanthropist and photographer Corona González Santos; the teacher, nurse, journalist, and guerrilla Placeres Castellanos; Saladina, trans woman; and Carmen González, A Picona, a healer who facilitated abortion for women in her area.