‘COMPLEXITY AND CONTRADICTION’ OF CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE AS BACKGROUND OF THE HOLY WEEK
Seville is above all a city of contrasts, of mixture, of hybridization, where the tradition merges constantly with a contradiction and a disconcerting contemporaneity, sometimes interpreted as opposition, sometimes understood as a complement.
This dialectic remains alive since late nineteenth century, where the regionalist and internationalist culture found a way to dialogue, much present in all artistic and creative manifestations, especially in literature by ‘generación del 98’ (Machado) and ‘generación del 27’ (García Lorca). What today is labelled as ‘glocalization’, it is in fact something that already has a long path in Seville.
Trying to illustrate this fact, probably one of the most shocking images is the fabulous contrast between the Holy Week (the most important in the world due to the historical-artistic quality, the density of celebrations and the touristic impact: more than a million people gather in real time in the center of the city). We present here this contrast starring the passage of Esperanza Macarena in its journey under the Metropol Parasol. We are convinced that nobody has seen something like this before!