24% DESEMPLEADOS Translates into English 24% UNEMPLOYED.
I was invited to Zaragoza, Spain to paint at the 7th annual International art festival ASALTO (asaltoproduccion.es/ ) The organizers of ASALTO gave me a large selection of different sized walls to choose from for my painting. I chose this 40 metre (120 foot) long wall as I could execute my idea and concept perfectly. To make this piece even more situational and site specific I was able to get the help of local Spanish people who wanted to participate as the subjects in this piece. I invited them into my studio and had them pose as models as I traced their silhouettes on paper, that I later cut into a stencil which was painted on the wall.
Spain is the Eurozone’s 4th largest economy, however one in four people in Spain are unemployed. In August 2012, Spain's unemployment rate reached 24.4%, twice the euro-zone average. Even more shocking is the unemployment rate for those under 25 years old, is a staggering 53%! As of September 2012 there are 4,600,000 people without jobs in Spain.
An unemployment rate of 24% or 25% puts a country about where the U.S. was during the 1930s during the Great Depression. In September 2012 Spain breaks the world record and has the highest unemployment anywhere in the world!
Music: PINK FLOYD track: MONEY