Un regalo para Kushbu: Historias que cruzan fronteras is a graphic novel based on real events, that tells the stories of nine people who came to Spain in search of a better life. Fleeing situations of misery, war, and persecution in Afghanistan, Colombia, India, Niger, Nigeria, Nepal, Morocco, Uzbekistan and Senegal, each arrived in Europe only to be faced with difficult and discriminatory work and residency laws.
With a script written by Gabi Martínez and drawn by of ten graphic artists – Tyto Alba, Cristina Bueno, Sagar Forniés, Miguel Gallardo, Martín López Lam, Andrea Lucio, Susanna Martín, Marcos Prior, Sonia Pulido and Manu Ripoll – the graphic novel tells each person’s journey, emphasising support they found in Barcelona which was key to either legalising their situation, or helping to lay that path.
Un regalo para Kushbu: Historias que cruzan fronteras is produced by Al-liquindoi and the Mescladís Foundation and will be co-published by Astiberri Ediciones and the Barcelona City Council in December 2017.
The graphic novel gives continuity to the public art project Diálogos Invisibles which was conceived in Barcelona by the photographer Joan Tomás and Mescladís in 2015, commissioned by Jessica Murray as part of the Barcelona Documentary Photography Festival DOCfield.