Above Takes on Unemployment in Spain in his Latest Work "24% Desempleados"
As of September 2012, Spain holds the new world record for unemployment, so when Above was invited to Zaragoza, Spain to paint at the 7th annual International Asalto Art Festival, he chose to tackle this issue on his 120′ wall. Currently 24.4% of the population is unemployed and 53% of those 25 years old and younger are unemployed. This puts Spain’s unemployment percentage where the US was during the Great Depression, translating to 4,600,000 people. Above invited local residents into his studio to trace their silhouettes for the creation of stencils used in the piece, a scary portrayal what of what a fraction of those unemployed might look waiting at an employment office.