«Rainbow Tetris» by Lara Padilla

Interview about his project «Tetris»

Name of the Street Art piece that has modified the urban space: Rainbow Tetris

Location : Polideportivo Municipal Juan de la Cierva, Getafe, Madrid.

Year : 2021

1- If you had to choose a Street Art piece that you created, as a transformation of the urban space, which one would you choose? How does this Street Art piece denote urban space metamorphosis?

I would like to choose the last mural that I made, it is small but I love the colors and the joy it transmits.

2- Why did you make this Street Art piece in this urban space? Was it the town hall or the property owner who authorized or asked you to create it? Can we consider this work as illegal/vandalism or legal, what is your criteria?

This piece was part of the II Edition of “CI Urban Fest de Cultura Inquieta” and we were intervening on the walls of a Sports Center. It was a very beautiful experience for me because of the fact of sharing it with the people on the street and with the other artists who participated. We could see how the space was filled with color with all the works of different styles and techniques.

Lara Padilla @srad.wtf https://www.instagram.com/srad.wtf/

3- What is the message you want to communicate through this Street Art piece? Is it related to the urban space where you did it?

The Tetris project is a human puzzle, in which all spaces are inhabited by corporeality, regardless of sex, gender, shape and other characteristics that are usually taken as differentiating aspects between what is socially categorized as masculine and feminine.

This series says no to prejudices in which diverse cultural origins, socioeconomic class, and gender have no importance or impact. It is committed to love, freedom and diversity, promoting equality, individuality and authenticity.

Lara Padilla @srad.wtf https://www.instagram.com/srad.wtf/

4- How was this work integrated into the urban space? What was the interaction that the inhabitants of this city had with your project? Did they participate in its creation?

This piece is a human puzzle and fits perfectly into any space, adapting to its shape. In this case, people did not participate in the creation process but they were part of it, as they passed by, they commented, photos were taken, and we shared that experience together.

5- Do you think it is important that the local people participate during the production of your work and that they become artists modifying the urban space or do you prefer to carry out your projects alone without anyone seeing you?

I think that having the opportunity to share the experience with people is very enriching and that,as an artist I can learn a lot from that experience.

6- According to you, what is the criteria that determines your Street Art work modifies the urban space and why is your work considered aesthetically well done?

My work goes hand in hand with feminism because it questions gender categories, trying to build alternative models of being a man or a woman. I propose a message of diversity, color, respect and freedom that I believe is still very necessary today. I think that by telling a story, our story,  we are already modifying the space and redefining it.

7-What is the “historical future” of your work? Should we take care of it, preserve it and repaint it as if it were a museum’s piece of art? Or should it be allowed to age with the city itself?

Art is alive, and more so in this context, so it is part of its process that it changes over time and disappears, that makes it more special.

8- How does your work add value to the urban space in which it is produced?

It adds value by sharing its experiences with people and being part of that space. You also raise an idea or a reflection on our society or the world in which we live and people can participate in that opinion also contributing their opinions and ideas.

9- What were the difficulties that you encountered during the completion of your work modifying the urban space?

In this specific case the difficulty was the weather, painting in the street is hard and more so in winter.

10- Why is urban art important to modify the urban space? What sort of projects are you planning to do in the future ?

I believe that urban art brings life to the grays of the city. I would love to continue being part of this community and continue to grow as an urban artist doing riskier projects and learning from these experiences to become a better person and artist.

Interview conducted by Art Bill – journalist and owner of Street Art In Action.


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