Hot on the heels of the pedestrianization of the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, the city has fast-tracked redesigns of two of the city’s most iconic areas: the Plaza de la Reina, and the area around the Mercado Central.
Agente Naranja (Agent Orange) is the title of an art exhibition being shown at the Centro Cultural Carmen, by Edel Rodríguez. With bright colors, simple shapes, and merciless point-of-view, the Cuban-American artist reflects on the Trump presidency. The exhibition is brutal … though, one could argue, perhaps not as brutal as four years of Trump.
Ten years ago, Mike and I started traveling the world with this project called “For 91 Days”. Since then, we haven’t stayed in one place for more than four months… until 2020. Like everyone else in the world, we were suddenly stuck at home. It’s been a difficult adjustment for two guys accustomed to a mobile lifestyle.
Going through my photo archives from last year, I have to admit that I went maybe a bit over the top documenting Valencia immediately after the strict Covid-19 lockdown measures were lifted.
Upon seeing pictures of the Hung Galaxy show at the City of Arts and Sciences, I initially thought the Ninot exhibition had arrived early this year. The colorful, cartoony figures would fit right into the annual pre-Fallas event.
One of the things we like most about Valencia, is how active the street art scene is. Even during these days of pandemic, Valencia’s artists are finding the time to get out there, and express their creativity.
In normal times, Valencia is a lively city. There’s almost always some festival or event going on, and the streets are generally packed with people, taking a walk, occupying cafes, playing with their children in the plazas, or just window-shopping.
I took a bunch of photographs immediately after Valencia, Spain, went into lockdown … but I couldn’t bring myself to publish them right away. To be honest, I could hardly look at them; this has been such a difficult and strange time, and I knew the emotional impact would be strong.
The timing to turn the Plaza del Ayuntamiento into a pedestrian zone couldn’t have been better. They couldn’t possibly have predicted the Covid pandemic while planning, but these days we need more space to roam.
As soon as the lockdown began, I set out to photograph Valencia. I’d never seen the streets so devoid of people, and I may not have the opportunity to take pictures of an empty city ever again. One of the first spots I visited was the Plaza Redonda.