This exhibition, organized by Amanda Cuesta and Mery Cuesta, offers a view of juvenile delinquency cinema, which peaked between 1978 and 1985, focusing on its relationship of retro-feeding with the press of the time. The exhibition also acts as a faithful reflection of the urban, social, political and economic transformations that were sweeping through the country at that time.
The starting point of «Gangs of the 80s» is the figure of the juvenile delinquent formed by the phenomenon of juvenile delinquency cinema. The codes of representation of juvenile delinquency found in this cinema genre have continued to the present day in such a way that the stereotype of the juvenile delinquent, subject to an aestheticising process, continues to excite fascination.
The presence of young delinquents in the media is the key to understanding their iconization. El Vaquilla and El Jaro are the brightest stars in this universe, real heroes of marginality, thanks to cinema biopics: Navajeros, the saga Perros Callejeros and Yo, El Vaquilla. These films form the backbone of gang culture cinema.
This exhibition tackles the survival of this juvenile delinquency phenomenon since its rise and the tragic end of many of its protagonists. Hand in hand with a new generation, an aesthetic pirouette has occurred by means of which the juvenile delinquent of the eighties has risen to become a cool icon. The icon today, especially on Internet, flies freely.
From 25 May 2009 to 06 September 2009 | www.cccb.org
Opening hours: From Tuesday to Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Thusday 11 a.m. at 10 p.m.
Closed: Non-holiday Mondays
Nearest hotel to the exhibition: www.hotel1898.com