The anonymous artistic group Luzinterruptus carries out urban interventions in public spaces using light as a raw material and the darkness as their canvas.
The members of the team come from different disciplines: art and photography and have wanted to apply their creativity in a common action, to leave lights throughout the city so that other people put them out.
They began on the streets of Madrid at the end of 2008 with a simple idea of focusing people´s attention by using light on problems that they found in the city and that seem to go unnoticed to the authorities and citizens.
Everything they do, do not have a subversive aim they explain. Sometimes they simply want to embellish, or highlight anonymous places or corners that seem special or objects they found have an extraordinary artistic value, although they have been left on the streets for unknown reasons, with artistic intention, by anonymous people.
Besides providing a great visual impact, light allows the Luzinterruptus to make interventions in a smaller degree and greater in others.
Their interventions are extraordinarily short lived, they take less than one hour to disappear. For their latest intervention ‘Look Before You Cross‘ Luzinterruptus questions our freedom and physical integrity. It took 5 hours for the group to arrange the installation and it as visible for 3 hours.
Luzinterruptus explains ‘We, the women, with our rights being trampled upon, our freedoms questioned and our physical integrity always threatened have inspired “Look Before You Cross”, an intervention where we have tried to visualize our dismay before the physical and mental violence exercised against us whose sole purpose is controlling our bodies, our minds and every single aspect of our lives’.
‘The scenarios of this violence are quite diverse. In our more or less “civilized” milieu, we are fighting to achieve equality and respect, and to end domestic gender violence. However, the largest population of young women is concentrated in developing countries and have to cohabit with laws aimed at reducing their social role to reproduction, not to mention the countries at war or with displaced groups where women’s bodies are used or violated to carry out massive acts of revenge or humiliation.
Bearing all this in mind, we hit the streets loaded with 25 inflatable dolls recycled from another piece we carried out back in 2014 (things have improved little since then). On this occasion, we put them in large bags with lights, their hands tied and their mouths sealed.
We searched for pedestrian crossings at dangerous spots for women where we could represent our scenes. The first one, created for the occasion, was installed in front of the Ministry of Justice. The law is made there in apparent equality though this is not so in real practice.
We found the second and third crossings at Parque del Oeste, a dangerous area when night falls and where there is a lot of prostitution’.
Luzinterruptus emphasises that ‘there is much work to be done and as many ways to do it as there are people and circumstances. Our own skills, common sense and sensitiveness will show us what is the right way for each and everyone of us. Big movements are, no doubt, much needed but every little gesture adds and these will gradually embody a deep lasting change’.
Photography credits: Melisa Hernández