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PAPER, PENCIL AND BOMBS 1936-1939 AT THE ALICANTE CITY UNIVERSITY VENUE

From 9 to 26 June, the Alicante City University Venue will host the exhibition Paper, pencil and bombs 1936-1939, with drawings made by little boys and girls who were evacuated to several European cities during the Spanish Civil War to be brought up and educated in safety. During their stay in these colonies, the kids used coloured pencils to express their heartbreaking experiences in paper drawings.

Exhibition curators José Antonio Fernández Cabello, Ramón Galdrán, Remedios Izquierdo, Carlos Salinas and Teresa Sanz, together with Josep Ochoa, director of the Office for Culture and Languages Promotion, will open the exhibition on Monday, 9 June, at 8.15 p.m.

These drawings come from several institutions such as the Spanish National Library or the Universities of California in San Diego and Columbia in New York. The expo also includes drawings made by children who were evacuated to Russia. These drawings have been donated by the War and Exile Files Association (Asociación Archivo Guerra y Exilio) and by the Spanish Centre in Moscow. There are also photographs and posters from back then, property of Salamanca’s Documentation Centre for Historical Memory, and an exclusive soundtrack created for the occasion by Italian musician Giovanni Alberto Croatto.

The exhibition is divided into three sections. The first part includes drawings related with the three main civil war zones: the bombing of Madrid (where many of the children came from), the bombing of Port Bou (where the children who were evacuated to the colonies in Southern France came from), and the battle of Teruel, as a symbol of the republicans’ hope. The second section is made up of drawings depicting daily life in the colonies, and the third part is about the kids’ evacuation from their homes to the colonies. The exhibition has been coordinated by the University of Alicante and a group of History teachers from several Alicante High Schools, including José Antonio Fernández, Ramón Galdrán, Remedios Izquierdo, Carlos Salinas y Teresa Sanz.

The MUA has also edited a didactic guide for students and teachers in Valencian and Spanish, as well as a bilingual didactic notebook.

Attached file: Exhibition


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