Sunday, 9 November 2014

5. Dispelling Valencian Myths

Street art is often a medium through which inconvenient truths are given voice. Clearly the leader in this regard is Banksy - although he has a long way to go to catch up with Edward Snowden and Julian Assange. 

On the other hand, street art can also perpetuate mythologies. We here at STREETsmART feel it's part of our duty to counter misleading images and set the record straight.

We know, for example, that paella was invented in Valencia and although we've only lived here for a year, we're 100% certain that the following is not a core ingredient:

Luis Montolio (2014)

We also know that chicken and rabbit are core ingredients of the most traditional paella, Paella Valenciana, but we're pretty sure they don't make it into the rice this way:

(Upper part) Erica il cane (2011)

And although the locals do make giant paellas for festivals, if you try to carry them away from the wood fire this way, you'll probably singe yourself up to the elbows:

(Lower part) Escif (2011)

While we're at it, let's clear up a few non-paella myths. First off, we Valencianos love our pets, and we keep them clean the traditional way, not this way:

?Zoen (2014)

We don't have eyes in the middle of our foreheads, although we may have them in one or two other places:


And last, but most certainly not least, we Valencianos have the same-looking private parts as everyone else in the world. We don't care what anyone says:

Luis Montolio (2013)

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