Students from ELISAVA reinvent La Modelo within the framework of the Ús Barcelona festival

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Place: La Modelo (C/Entença, 155, 08029, Barcelona)

ELISAVA's Bachelors and Study Abroad students took part at the Ús Barcelona festival with three interactive facilities at La Modelo, the former prison center in Barcelona. The objective: to reflect on the experience and history of this emblematic space.

The different facilities were located in three different cells and sought the interaction with the visitors:

Room for One

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Initially, the Modelo was designed for a population of 820 prisoners. During the Franco regime it came to accommodate up to 13,000. The cells, spaces where supposedly only had to coexist two people, got to welcome up to 15 people.

This installation invites visitors to enter to a crowded cell with the aim of experiencing the sensations produced by overpopulation and to reflect on what it meant to live in this building for maximum occupation.

Express Yourself

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The walls of La Modelo continue to preserve signs of the passage of thousands of prisoners, who used the walls to express their emotions, capture their daily life and as artistic support.

This installation collects photographs of different messages found on the walls of La Modelo and invites the public to leave their mark in the form of drawing or message through the brilliant sign that produces the light of the mobiles or a flashlight.

About Use Barcelona

Use Barcelona is the urban art festival and traveling public space that is celebrated in different disused spaces in the city that have lost their social function. The event seeks to rescue the value of these spaces by giving them a new life with new uses through urban art and citizen participation.



Quinnie Phan (Study Abroad)

Skylar Shannon (Study Abroad)

Marga Torrens Amer

Scott Liu (Study Abroad)

Eva Jordà Chordà

Cibeles Torres Tortolero (Study Abroad)

Miquel Castany Crivillers

Regina Vega Pesquera

Xavier Maixenchs Bobé

Evo Pavosevich (Study Abroad)

Cristina Marti Pallarès

Laia Garrido Roca

Maria Casadellà xifra

Adria Encanto Pacheco

ELISAVA's tutors

Daniele Porretta

Gastón Lisak

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