Sometimes artistic interventions surprise us when we realize that art can be much more attached to reality than we think. And that can even have a high power of social transformation. It is true that there are many works of art completely removed from the common population and that do not contribute much beyond snobbery to their owners. But there are other very different ones, and today we bring you an example of it: the Meninas painted by Eduardo Hermida in the neighborhood of Canido of Ferrol in the Galician province of A Coruña.
Meninas de Canido
Obviously it is an interpretation of the famous painting by Velázquez by Las Meninas. A tremendously well-known image that has been interpreted by other great artists, including Picasso. And it is that, as Hermida says, it is a work with an enormous pop value, which is why it is ideal for a current and street performance.
The fact is that Eduardo Hermida is an artist who lives in the Canido neighborhood of the Galician city of Ferrol. A city hit by the industrial crisis after the closure of its historic naval shipyards. This crisis led to the Canido neighborhood entering a slow but continuous process of degradation, since little by little houses were being abandoned.
But Hermida in 2008 decided to do a street painting on one of those abandoned facades. your purposeinitial was to give a note of color in a gray environment. And surely she didn't even imagine what that was going to lead to. That first painting of course had detractors, but also good reviews from the neighbors. This caused the artist to call more of his friends to make mural paintings inspired by the most famous of the Velázquez paintings.
Meninas de Canido
A first intervention that already had the majority of local support, and so until today when a decade later in the neighborhood of Canido there are more than 300 works inspired by Las Meninas from Velázquez. With them, not only has color been given to the neighborhood, but art has also served to revitalize it, since among other things there is a successful tourist route that is increasingly in demand.
Not forgetting that every year there is a meeting in which new works are incorporated and artists from all over the world attend, each one of them with their own techniques and artistic style. That is why the Meninas de Canido are a good showcase of the most current urban artistic trends today.
And it has also served to promote other initiatives that unite art, culture and economy. For example, an app for mobile phones with information on paintings and digital works created for that means of reproduction, since there you can see, for example, animated murals. And the creation of exclusive urban furniture has also been promoted, in which homage is also paid to the baroque painting ofVelazquez.
In short, a sign that art can have an invaluable social value.