By: multiple sources combined by authors
Wafa Kanaan, “A view from Gaza: My story with the bag”, 3 June 2021,
“The twelve grapes of luck" (Sp. las doce uvas de la suerte) is a Spanish tradition that consists of eating a grape with each clock bell strike at midnight of December 31 to welcome the New Year. The “miraculous grapes” symbolize 12 lucky months ahead. A common story traces the tradition to grape farmers in Alicante, Spain, who cannily suggested the idea when they had a surplus harvest to unload in the early 1900s. Others suggest it developed from Madrid’s bourgeoisie copying the French custom of drinking champagne and eating grapes on New Year’s Eve. Either way, Spanish tradition eventually became a superstition that spread to Central and South America.
In this detour we collage twelve (??how-to-call??) from summer 2021 as example of how “echo(non)maps of change” come into play in drawing links and building momentum: 1. George Floyd graffiti by Ayman al-Hasari in Gaza while reporting on Jerusalem extrajudicial murder; 2. the BLM flag along the “Statement of Support for Free Palestine Movement”; and 3. a poster by Michael DeForge that was shared by Leopold Lambert who founded The Funambulist magazine (print and online) which examines the politics of space and bodies.
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