One of the most important features of Laia was that it required communal work, public work or neighborhood work. Usually two or more families worked together on each other’s land and then on each other’s. All family members participated without gender segregation. For the most part this way of sowing the land turned into a party, often involving children as well. This form of crop work rewarded collaboration between families, and helped keep the community together, unlike any other factor.
As mentioned another important feature of Laia was that there was no gender discrimination and it undermined equality. As can be seen in the drawing, women and men worked together even though Laia was very hard, as she did not require the strength needed in the dominance of the plow or the animals. According to anthropologists, the control of shooting and agricultural animals was an important factor for men to dominate women in agricultural societies. Mountain women did not address this labor disadvantage, which could have helped in other areas, such as hereditary habits, reaffirm women’s equality.
LAIA: Basque instrument made of iron with a wooden end, used to till the earth and stir it. It has two points, and at the top of the cape it has a crossed handle, which is grasped with both hands to tighten with them at the same time that it is tightened with the foot.
Graffiti made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fleming, a Basque public school in Villabona.
We present a mural promoted by Pasaia City Council. You can find this mural next to the Saint Jean fronton, designed by local children in the park.
Graffiti made in the old Gaztetxe of Pasaia Donibane, now bricked up, and as a vindication of this type of space.
Portrait made live of Galder Perez, presenter of the Radio Euskadi program Graffiti, while the program was broadcast from Donostiarra Boulevard to celebrate the 2019 international radio day.
Graffiti made for Shakespeare language school of Pasaia San Pedro-Herrera.
Graffiti from one of Marta’s favorite jazz bands … of course I’m talking about Brad Mehldau’s trio.
Graffiti made in Laguardia for the Arimaren Margolariak program of EITB. In the graffiti, apart from seeing an image of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, we can appreciate the fable of the fox and the grapes in homage to Felix Maria de Samaniego.
Graffiti made for the Urban Festa festival organized by the Basauri town hall together with Zirt-Zart and PKM.
Graffiti painted in Errenteria for the Basque Public school party (Maquina bat Taupada). In this case we have tried to integrate the work into nature. The mural is made by the river and therefore we have tried to ensure that the theme chosen is integrated with the life of the river. On the mural you can see a duck taking flight and a fish jumping from the water, and in the middle, a girl who wets her feet in the river.
There is a game with the tide because when it goes up it completely covers the girl’s feet and when it goes down they are exposed, giving a poetic halo to the work.
In addition the mural is painted on two separate walls and in between it crosses the way that takes us to Oiartzun. Due to this, we have 2 perspectives, one from this way that allows to partially see the mural and another from the other side of the river, from where you can contemplate the entire mural. The drawing on both walls only fits from a specific point on this side of the river and this pushes the viewer to walk to reach this point from where the work is correctly seen, stop to admire it, and walk again seeing how it deforms as we walk.
Mural made in Legutio for Mooneki, based on one of her designs: