On October 2, 2020, more than 4,000 people were left without electricity, including 1,800 minors. Today, the problem continues, even if it has remained in the shadows of media and social attention.
“SEGUIMOS LUCHANDO” (WE KEEP STRUGGLING) is an installation of four solar-powered light garlands, whose slogan “SEGUIMOS A OSCURAS / SEGUIMOS LUCHANDO / QUEREMOS CONTRATOS / LUZ PARA CAÑADA” (WE ARE STILL IN THE DARK / WE KEEP STRUGGLING / WE WANT CONTRACTS / LIGHT FOR CAÑADA) calls for the formalization of the contracts with the electricity companies so that light can return to the Cañada once and for all.
The aggressive policies of the Commissioner of the Government of the Community of Madrid for the Cañada Real Galiana aim to extinguish the flame of the neighbors’ struggle and generate a climate of demotivation to defeat that favors political interests.
During Christmas, Madrid has 171 illuminated streets for 3.6 million euros. Fourteen kilometers away, the homes of La Cañada resist winter after winter, trying to avoid energy poverty with precarious self-supply systems, which barely cover basic needs a few hours a day.
Within this challenging context, we install Christmas lights in the Cañada, and from the evocative of this imaginary, we launch a solid message to defend human rights.