Marta Busquets: Debating Essential Conversations Safely

Turning thoughts into creative actions with lawyer, writer, and podcaster Marta Busquets




Marta Busquets is a force to be reckoned with. Alongside her day job as a lawyer, Marta raises awareness and creates discourse about gender, sexual and reproductive rights via podcasts, talks, and community projects. Most recently, Marta published her latest book, 'Todo (no) ha salido bien' brings into life questions and debates about the management of the covid pandemic and its impact on society.


We had the pleasure of attending Marta's book launch and asking her more about the motivations that lead her to create so expansively. Her Sassy ability to continually encourage welcoming, safe spaces for open conversations is something we hugely respect. So without further ado, let's get to know Marta Busquets.


 

Describe your motivations in three words :


Intensity - I feel I have all this intensity about the things going on with me, in my life. And I need to put it out there in some way, either creatively or through action. In a way its therapy or you could call it psychomagic.


Creativity - Because the moment I process this intensity, it becomes something else that I can put out into the world somehow.


Psychomagic - Which for me is a psychology concept, rather than clinical psychology. It has to do with processes that are not in themselves therapeutic, but rather it helps you put a scenography to a situation and then let it go. Which is like my book, ‘Todo (no) ha salido bien (Pol·len’. I somehow put everything I had been thinking and talking about, putting into videos, and was able to systematise it into a book. Then you send it via mail somewhere else and it becomes something that you let go of somehow when you press send.


What shapes your approach to creating?


I like to read a lot,and I attend talks at contemporary art and thought centres. So in my daily life I take these ideas and they turn into a feeling and then I want to turn that into something.


I also feel influenced by the people around me and an important part of my process is talking to my friends. By being in a conversation, I'm able to verbalise or structure what I think and then I reach different conclusions. And lately, we have started to enjoy having those conversations in movement. Before, we would go for a beer at the bar and talk. But lately we've found that we go deeply into things when we're on a walk in the forest for example.


I also think that, although I am a consistent person, I never really plan anything. Sometimes I think it would be easier if I did but I can't seem to do it that way. I'm more organic, less on top of trends.



Tell us about your book?


'Todo (no) ha salido bien' (published by Pol·len) was a response to the pandemic. Because I think the whole ordeal has been not only a matter of health but also a matter of discourse. Its been very monolithical (unidirectional discourse, no variants admitted). I wanted to get away from the focus on scientific evidence and, instead, come from a social sciences background because I usually work with health from a human rights perspective. So we know, for example, that the biggest indicator for health and illness and death is your socioeconomic status. This book was my way of saying, what happens when we go away from purely medical indexes and instead, look at it from a broader angle.


I think we live in a world where we don't have much time to process.


In general, I feel like there are not many safe spaces nowadays to debate from a constructive point of view but also a cariñoso (affectionate, tender) point of view; where you actually feel welcome to share, to show yourself vulnerably by showing up and offering ideas to one another as much as we can. I have been thinking about this in regards to social media. People want a reaction, a strong response and have statements made. But what if I want to take a couple of days to think about it to decide what I think?