Fernando Botero, the most famous Colombian artist
Fernando Botero is a Colombian artist know for his signature style, called “Boterismo”, that depicts people and figures in large, exaggerated volume. “The inflated proportions of his figures, suggest an element of political satire, perhaps hinting at the subjects’ inflated sense of their own importance” according to Encyclopedia Britannica (https://www.britannica.com/biography/Fernando-Botero).
Many paintings from the series called “Picnic” represents wealthy people with unhealthy behaviors (tobacco use, consumption of alcohol…). Even if in every country, wealthy people are generally more health conscious than the poor (disciplined about their diet, daily exercise, planned meals), Fernando Botero choose to represent people with an healthy diet (fruits) but also with unhealthy behaviors, as if they could not overcome an addiction. This gave us the opportunity to discuss about health, lifestyles and addictions, which are very common topics in the IB Spanish Ab Initio exam.
Botero – Picnic
Botero – Picnic
We discovered that Spanish people posses an outdoor culture because of the heat and lack of space inside the flats or apartments and because they are social creatures. For example, Spanish people enjoy nothing more in life than dressing up and taking a stroll (“dar un paseo”). This outdoor culture led to a cultural phenomenon known as “el botellónin Spanish.
A botellón (“a big bottle”) is a typically Spanish activity that consists of people coming together in public areas (parks, squares etc.) to socialize with their friends while drinking. The botellón has become extremely popular because of the high cost of alcohol at discos / pubs etc. and because more people can congregate in one place.
Botellón on a spring Sunday afternoon in Madrid
A recent study showed that the teenagers participating in botellón are looking for social interactions in a proper space. Drinking comes in after these two reasons. While many teenagers of many countries would rather stay home and play with their Tablet or video games, Spanish teenagers stays true to their love of street life. Many people love botellón and want it to live on, but unfortunately it is not practiced responsibly (noise, vandalism, alcohol intoxication). So what could be done? As none of the laws solved the issue (prohibition of selling alcohol, fines…), one of the new solution offered in some cities is now to designate botellón zones (known as botellódromos) located in non-residential areas and being monitored by local authorities.
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Guerrilla Garden in Madrid