“FRANCISCO  ALEGRE,  Childhood is the homeland”


Barcelona is a major tourist destination in Spain, known for its remarkable architecture and beauty. It is a cosmopolitan city where many foreigners want to live. However, little is known about the migratory wave that occurred a few decades ago, during a dark post-war period of political persecution and poverty. Many families coming from Andalusia, Galicia and Extremadura arrived in Barcelona, looking for a decent future, and contributed to the creation of the beautiful city we know nowadays.

The former slum Francisco Alegre reflects the story of a dark Barcelona, and it is a clear example of community life in the Horta-Guinardo district. This precarious neighborhood originated in the 60´s, as a result of a wave of mainly Andalusian migrants who arrived in Barcelona escaping poverty or political persecution. Many families settled in self-made slums and unsteady shacks without electricity or water, and began to rebuild their lives amidst hardship and hope.

This project BARNACAS II; Francisco Alegre,  is a long term documentary,  featuring the historical memory of the pre-Olympic slums in an  “augmented narrative” format, a transmedia platform.

It focuses on the children of the first slum dwellers, the second generation, the forgotten generation from that specific slum period. They are children the from the 60´s. Their generation has lived the Transition from dictator to democracy and attended the demolition of what had has been once their homes.

Music Credits: 3D-Soundscapes by José Bautista [KanseiSounds].

The Transmedia Immersion is made through multiple channels or different platforms, simultaneously, complementary, and they will support each other:


  • Guided Tours: Francisco Alegre in situ visits [ongoing 2017]. (In collaboration with MUHBA, Museum of Barcelonean History). 
  • Instalation exhibitions [2017].
  • Photographic participatory workshops [2017]. 

See also the next related posts.

Book: Children of the Slums


Teaser: Documentary Barnacas II

Audiovisual Barnacas I [Memory and edited Landscapes]