Taking Murals Seriously: Basque Murals and Mobilisation

B. Rolston, Amaia Alvarez Berastegi

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to take the admonition of taking the visual seriously into the realms of murals. It will present empirical data on contemporary murals in the Basque Country with a view to examining why murals are important to the abertzale-left, the broad left-wing nationalist movement in the Basque Country which includes but ranges far beyond the armed group ETA. The struggle for Basque autonomy from Spain has its roots in a nationalist awakening in the late twentieth century. It has developed through the struggle with fascism; the prolonged authoritarian, centralist state; and the transition to democracy after the death of Franco. Central to this development has been the definition of Basque identity in terms of culture rather than birth. Language has been key, but there has also been a visual strand to the struggle. The article will examine the state of that visual strand currently by examining murals on a range of themes: language and culture, independence and socialism, armed struggle, political prisoners, torture and repression, martyrs and heroes, women and environmental issues.
LanguageEnglish
Pages33-56
JournalInternational Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society
Volume29
Issue number1
Early online date12 Aug 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

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Rolston, B. ; Alvarez Berastegi, Amaia. / Taking Murals Seriously: Basque Murals and Mobilisation. In: International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society. 2016 ; Vol. 29, No. 1. pp. 33-56.
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