The Exhibition Traditional Markets of the Canary Islands, organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce of the Government of the Canary Islands, can be visited from today, Friday, January 14, at the Central Market of Las Palmas. In this exhibition, which reveals the origins of the island’s arcades, the role of women in the commercial fabric is highlighted and a journey through the history and heritage legacy of these spaces in the Canary Islands is made.
For the area counselor, Yaiza Castilla, this traveling exhibition, which could already be visited last month at the Mercado de Nuestra Señora de África in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, is a unique opportunity to learn about the importance of food markets in Canarian society. “They are a symbol of our traditions, of our idiosyncrasy and are an essential part of our commercial fabric,” he says. For this reason, he invites everyone to visit this exhibition and to “learn a little better about our origins”.
The Traditional Markets of the Canary Islands exhibition is itinerant in nature and is made up of thematic panels in which images and historical plans stand out, many of which are unpublished. In them, there are QR codes that will provide added value to the exhibition, since visitors will be able to find other audiovisual resources on the history and architecture of this type of historic establishment. In addition, the exhibition has a digital version (https://www.gobiernodecanarias.org/comercio/exposicion/index.html), in which historical documents and old photographs of the arches of the Archipelago can be consulted.
The General Director of Commerce of the Government of the Canary Islands, David Mille, highlights that this mixed exhibition version is a commitment by Comercio de Canarias to value traditional markets, not only from the point of view of commercial exchanges, but also of historical and cultural heritage. “With this initiative we wanted to investigate the past of the Islands, our traditions and the heritage linked to these places of supply”, explains Mille, who highlights the importance of these markets today, as promoters of local products and as a social meeting point.
For its part, the Manager of the Central Market, Carmen Delia González Quintana, recalls the evolution that these facilities have undergone, in which, in addition to local products, artisan products are also offered. And it highlights how merchants have been making their businesses more dynamic over the years, to offer direct and specialized treatment to customers.
The explanatory panels that make up this exhibition show the origins of traditional markets as a source of supply in the Islands and the preponderant role of women in domestic trade, which is also notable today. But, in addition, it shows how the very architecture of these spaces has been adapting over the years, moving from the streets and squares of the towns to their own buildings. Likewise, a tour of the recesses of the different islands is made.
It should be noted that traditional markets are still deeply rooted in Canarian culture and society today. Thus, there are currently more than 70 facilities of this type spread throughout the Archipelago, in which the marketing and consumption of local products are promoted.