'Fillas de la Riba'
Bianca Tschaikner is an illustrator and ‘printmaker’ Austrian nomadic spirit, seeking inspiration everywhere in the world. You will study 'printmaking’ to the International Graphic Art School The Bison in Florencia, Italy, and at Fundación CIEC in Northern Spain, as well as illustration at the Accademia di belle Arti Macerata, Italy, where she earned her MA. After having lived and worked in Chile, Morocco, Italy, Portugal, the US, India and Iran, she is currently living at the beautiful Lake of Constance.
Her new book, SAVARI – an illustrated journey through Iran and India has been published in Austria Bucher Verlag and is available here.
Website - www.biancatschaikner.com
Riba de Ginebre
This artwork is part of 'Fillas de la Riba', a series of monochrome murals on old wooden doors spread through the old streets around Riba-roja d'Ebre, created by the Austrian artist Bianca Tschaikner. It’s a playful reflection on Riba-roja’s past, inspired by old photographs of the inhabitants of Riba-roja traditional clothes, old production of juniper oil, the river Ebre and stories from the remarkable life of Teresa Aguilà Garcia, an illustrious inhabitant of Riba-roja .
This door is inspired by juniper ovens. Some years ago, a group of friends interested in Riba-roja local heritage, following reports of very old people, rediscovered seventeen juniper kilns in the village, dome-shaped stone ovens where people distilled juniper oil.
The mermaid | Stories river
The mermaid | Stories river
This artwork is part of 'Fillas de la Riba', a series of monochrome murals on old wooden doors spread through the old streets around Riba-roja d'Ebre, created by the Austrian artist Bianca Tschaikner. It’s a playful reflection on Riba-roja’s past, inspired by old photographs of people in traditional costumes Ribarroja, ancient juniper production, the river Ebre and stories from the remarkable life of Teresa Aguilà Garcia, an illustrious inhabitant of Riba-roja.
The village of Riba-roja d'Ebre is situated on a bend of the river Ebro, and before there were trains, people used a kind of ship, called lutes, to transport goods. The first story I heard on the river was a man named Paquito told me that once was a man who was shipwrecked, could not swim and was spared holding up a tail of a sheep.
Jose Aguilar in turn told me that until the early 1920, Hundreds of people go through every day lutes. Some nearby towns near the river even collect tolls. Down ships were moved with the flow, and up with candles or with the help of horses or mules queestiraventraurien the ship with a rope from the shore, helped by men with oars within lutes.
In those days, as there was no running water, women had to go to the river to wash, including Teresa Aguilà. The ships passed, and the men who went with lutes ship in vessels called them compliments, some more elegant than others.
Sometimes, double meaning words exchanged between the men and the boat launderers. The men asked about the state of humidity, but the river meant trying something significant, women and asked if it was hard and long, rowing mean pretending but really meaning something more ...
Roses for Rosita
This artwork is part of 'Fillas de la Riba', a series of monochrome murals on old wooden doors spread through the old streets around Riba-roja d'Ebre, created by the Austrian artist Bianca Tschaikner. It’s a playful reflection on Riba-roja’s past, inspired by old photographs of people in traditional costumes Ribarroja, ancient juniper production, the river Ebre and stories from the remarkable life of Teresa Aguilà Garcia, an il·luster habitant
from Riba-roja . Roses for the compliment Rosita consists of parts Dues, a row of pots and a pot of roses painted on the wall itself, a little further up the street.
During my stay in Riba-roja d'Ebre, of course, I soon noticed and admired the hundreds of beautiful pots that were placed in every corner of the village. Riba-roja is it, like many Spanish villages, in a severe state of decline is less romantic than sadness. Especially the old town was really desolate Ribarroja, collapsed walls and rubble where homes once were beautiful. the tests, lush and green, they were placed decoratively on the doorstep, walls and walk the narrow streets and convey the comforting feeling that the old Ribarroja still had not been left to their fate. Showed that although there was a bit of love and care for this old place. It looked like a little fairy magic. There was definitely a good spirit at work, and on the last day before the presentation of the works of art I could see the good spirit. She entered the bar almorzaríamos and gave us some of their handbags, just like that. I had never seen before. Rosita was called and told me, after her husband died, spoke with the mayor and suggested to him that if he paid it, Decorate with people and take care of potted plants. And so he did. And then I painted some potted plants Rosita.
Teresa and the Wolf
This artwork is part of 'Fillas de la Riba', a series of monochrome murals on old wooden doors spread through the old streets around Riba-roja d'Ebre, created by the Austrian artist Bianca Tschaikner. It’s a playful reflection on Riba-roja’s past, inspired by old photographs of people in traditional costumes Ribarroja, old juniper production, the river Ebre and stories from the remarkable life of Teresa Aguilà Garcia, an il·luster habitant
from Riba-roja .
This painting is on the door Teresa Aguilà, grandmother of Joseph Aguilà, who told me many stories about it during my stay in Riba-roja d'Ebre.
This is the story of Teresa and Joseph as the wolf. Teresa Aguilar born in Riba-roja d'Ebre in the year 1895 and live to 105.
When he was seven years, his parents died in a week and she went to live with an aunt who was very poor. So, Small Teresa, at the age of seven, had started working as an employee at the home of wealthy. He worked throughout his childhood and youth, so do not even receive any payment, just eat. Ella rentava Roba, cleaned houses, I worked in the camp's kitchen. Of course, she did not have time to go to school. But when I was fourteen, decided to pay a tutor to visit for an hour every night and teach him to read, writing and basic math. Teresa read the newspaper every day until the age of 103 years old, even picked herself, at the age of 104 years have watched the photos and headlines.
And here comes the incredible story of Teresa and the Wolf: when Teresa had 12 O 13 years old, Three hours worked in a farm village. Every week I had to go find food for farm workers, she alone, only accompanied by two mules. She woke up at 3 night, and the 4 he començarel
your trip . one night, on their way to the farm in the village, noted that there were wolves behind her, getting closer. terribly frightened, thought how it might save itself. Finally, took a long rope, tied one end to the saddle and let the other end fell to the ground, and moving the rope lifted dust, which scared the wolves, and disappeared. When the village, people preparing food forced him to attend Mass. Do not give anything to eat, before or after Mass. To check if she really had attended Mass, used to ask him what the priest celebrated Mass and what was the color of the chasuble.
But Teresa, who was as hungry as she was smart, go to church, would the priest and his robe and then go directly to the house, where snuck in and stole chicken two or three freshly laid eggs, she ate raw. On the way back, when she lost sight of the people, mules arrested, took some bread and sausage and finally got something to eat properly.
More stories about Teresa:
Teresa and hunger
When Teresa had Aguilà 17 years old, one of the extra work she did was something called “gleaning”.
Around his village there were many olive farms, and “gleaning” meant going to the owner after the harvest and ask permission to collect olives latest overlooked, not collected.
Meant for olives in the fields after practically nothing left, olives were so few that it was not worth the work, it was almost absurd to do so, only very poor people would.
At night, After a long day at work, Teresa and her friend Rosita, returned to”gleaning” an estate which had obtained permission to do so. After two or three days of work, they harvested a ridiculously small amount of olives.
But then they realized that the road to the farm where there were some farms had not yet been harvested olives, and every day, they passed, collected two
or three kilos of trees without permission, it was much more than could have chosen collected by “gleaning”.
They sell these stolen olives and then Teresa told her friend: What do you think of buying a Tupi (a ceramic pot) with money? So, every day we could buy some beans or chickpeas and prepare a meal.
This is, in the words of Joseph Aguilà, who told me this story, the spirit of survival. If they had caught, have been punished
physically or would have ended up in jail.
This is the last and certainly the most disturbing life story of Teresa Aguilà. As you know, Teresa had to fight against many wolves in your life, but the biggest was Francisco Franco, Spanish dictator, and the regime embodied. Here is the story as told me Joseph Aguilà, grandson Teresa.
Teresa, Therese was called by his friends, or even Teresa (a male version of his name), lived in a time when women faced more discrimination than today. Fa 90 years old, in Spain, mostly women were locked in their homes and could not connect with people or environments outside their families and less in rural environments.
As you know, Teresa was very poor and could not go to the University, but he was very aware and critical of the power of the rich and of the ways in which abuse the poor, especially women. Women not only earn less than men, often do not get money for work and often suffered sexual abuse.
Teresa herself had to work with an army captain in Reus, the next largest city, and caring girl and the girl you see in the image. He also had to work in different villages to help in the harvest of olives and hazelnuts, and sometimes visited his brother in Barcelona working with him in the coal mines Fígols, near the Pyrenees.
So, often left his village, and could not acquire their knowledge at university, but on his travels. This also raised the fact that Teresa was more open-minded than other women in her village. Also liked to talk to people about everything related to work in the fields, I knew everything perfectly, the seeds, the influence of the moon, and knew all about plants and trees; to sum up, I knew things that the average woman did not know, only help in the fields but would be interested in your work beyond.
To Teresa also loved to talk about politics with the men during meetings that took place mainly between 1930-1936 and many of which were secret, because these meetings were prohibited. He was lucky to have a husband who trusts her and not renyara to meet other men in those meetings. After meetings, Teresa and would explain all the women of the village, Visitors to each of them individually at home.
Many people later would tell Joseph that Teresa was a person advanced in its time. He had a very open mind, was feminist and leftist, without being extreme.
He 14 th of April 1933, a clock was placed in the church clock tower, it was time for the Republic (Republicans were elected democratically after Spanish government would be overthrown by the dictator Francisco Franco coup), and Teresa and a group of other women who participated in the celebration. Even there is a picture that Joseph showed me from that day with Teresa carrying a republican flag.
The Spanish civil war (or rather the Spanish war “incivil”, as called Josep) finished 1939. Many Republicans were imprisoned and executed, and many others fled to other countries or places in Spain where nobody would know to avoid persecution Franco. Teresa moved to Barcelona with her husband and daughter, which work in a country house of an owner Franco who do not mind their political views. After, in 1940, Teresa decided to visit his village for a few days, against all the advice of family and friends who had gathered at a family meeting to discuss the matter. On the way to Ribarroja daughter, met some people from his village were warned that the town and told to return immediately, because it was too dangerous.
But Teresa told them she had no reason to fear because she did not cooperate in anyone’s death, on the other hand, had even defended some salvation
Franco, so, harm anyone.
The man who had saved her was a widower with two daughters and planned to run it and Republican Teresa, who had also been orphaned, convinced it would be a great injustice to convert these two little girls orphaned in. Thanks to Teresa, the man was released.
On the second day in his village, It will be arrested, after a triple complaint. three men “courageous” they take home, the beat, kicking, they threw stones, they spit and they shaved head. It was so horrible memories of the incident makes the mother of Joseph with his 96 still tremble years of terror.
She was put in jail premises (a building that still exists today and still looks like a prison, but is no longer used) held a trial and accused of propaganda ‘ “help the rebellion”, ignoring the fact that the rebellion had been Franco, and Teresa had never brought a weapon had not hurt anyone. He will be sentenced to 15 years in prison just because they wore the republican flag 1933 and because they had heard about politics.
Of these 15 years spent four and a half years in prison in Barcelona, a prison that was once a convent and is now a shopping center. What happened to Teresa happened to thousands of Republican Women: 40,000 women passed through this prison and now only a small plaque (two millimeters of memory for each of them, Joseph says) reminds the women that the crime is to be Republican.
In prison, Teresa secretly took a few pieces of silver ring. Her daughter, who walked many days to see her in prison, took, engraved with the initials of her husband, J.A. Josep Alabart (are now initial Josep Aguilà) Ella, T.A. Teresa Aguilà.
In prison, tried to brain wash them, telling them that they were demons, civil war had been his fault, and they were useless and not loved by anyone
those who were still outside and the world better off without them. Many were raped by men and women, and were taken without resistance presionades to tolerate in order to get some benefits, more food and more time.
Thanks to his ingenuity, Teresa got through normal prison for doing the work of painter and garden (walls). But when he left prison, was a different woman. Four and a half years in prison had changed this woman who had been so alive, so happy, so communication, so smart. The woman returned from prison was scared and silent and almost speechless, even though, judging by the pictures I saw of her in her old age, seemed to have regained his former self after another. What had happened during those four years in prison for a person like Teresa would so scared?
When the husband of Teresa knew who had imprisoned his wife, he did not understand and repeated that “this is not possible, was a woman so good, it did not hurt anyone …” I was so shocked by the incredible and crazy for the temporary loss of his wife who had to remain for some months in a psychiatric. When he was well again, returned to work on the farm near Barcelona.
Teresa and her daughter, mother of Joseph, EDUC later “bad”, like Franco, to protect it (Franco's regime continue to 1977). But, however, the educated enough to start seeing how things were for himself, and then talked openly and in detail about everything.
I painted this door as a tribute to Teresa, knowing that tens of thousands of paintings doors would not be sufficient to properly honor and remember Teresa and the other brave Catalan women who were attacked, wounds and horrible beasts killed fighting Franco . We hope that someday these women receive the monuments that deserve.