Paco RocaUntil 4 July, the cultural centre Las Naves will dedicate an exhibition to the graphic novel “Los surcos del azar”, the latest work by screenwriter and illustrator Paco Roca (born in Valencia 1969). The Valencian designer MacDiego is curator of the exhibition.

Los surcos del azar (random furrows), by the Valencian artist and national comic award winner,  tells the story about the liberation of Nazi occupied Paris. Basis of the storyline are the memories of Miguel, an exiled republican soldier living in France. Participants of this event were La Nueve (the nine), a group commanded by Captain Dronne  and comprised by republican soldiers, combatants from the Spanish Civil War. Some of these soldiers left Spain over the harbour of Alicante on board of the Stanbrook, lived through the French concentration camps in North Africa, fought against the troops of General Rommel enlisted in the French Legion, before the battle against Nazism (National Socialism) in Normandy finally led them to Paris.

Exhibition about “Los surcos del azar”A major part of this important story hadn’t received the deserved attention until the publication of the graphic novel by Roca. The exhibition shown at Las Naves is an excellent opportunity to take a closer look at the hidden aspects of its creation and to admire original sketches, miniatures, historic photographs and elements that served as reference to Paco Roca at the time of writing and drawing Los surcos del azar, such as combat gear, weapons of war, flags…