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Antoni Abad, Leido, 2005, video projection, color, sound, duration variable. From the series “canal*GITANO,” 2005.

Antoni Abad

Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)

Antoni Abad, Leido, 2005, video projection, color, sound, duration variable. From the series “canal*GITANO,” 2005.

Antoni Abad’s project megafone.net began in Mexico City in 2004 and thus far has encompassed a total of thirteen episodes in twelve cities. The procedure is the same each time: Members of a community misrepresented by stereotypes and subjected to discrimination are offered instruction in the use of mobile technologies; a sort of editorial board is organized to define the guidelines according to which members of the community provide content to an Internet site that represents them as they wish to be seen. The groups that have participated include Roma communities in Lleida and León, Spain; sex workers from Madrid; Saharan refugees in Algeria; disabled people in Barcelona, Geneva, and Montreal; immigrants in San José, Costa Rica, and New York; cab drivers in Mexico City; and motorcycle couriers in São Paulo. Whereas traditional media often exclude these socially marginalized groups,

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