Demolished Monument

Demolished Monument is a proposal for restoring the demolition of the monument to General Prim in Barcelona’s Parc de la Ciutadella.

Nonument, MACBA, Barcelona, 2014
Curators: Josep Bohigas & Bartomeu Marí.
A production of MACBA, Barcelona.

Model and digital print.

In 1871 the government of the Paris Commune – the first autonomous insurrection of the proletariat according to Marx – demolished the Vendome Column in a highly symbolic act of political iconoclasm. In 1936, in full revolutionary process, the Libertarian Youth tore down the monument to General Prim.

Political iconoclasm as a form of expropriation of the symbolic heritage of the oligarchy and the construction of the public space.

Model maker:
Oriol Poch

photo labels:
Pérez de Rozas, 1936. Arxiu Fotogràfic de Barcelona
Josep Brangulí, 1936. Arxiu Nacional de Catalunya

Erased Land

Project for the Web, 2014

In the framework of the cycle “Outdoors. Three contemporary narratives of fragility: Isabel Banal, Domènec and Toni Giró” curated by Jordi Font.
Container. IGAC

The project consists of an intervening cartography of Occupied Palestinian Territories from Google Maps (1). The hundreds of images of fragments of territory (200 meters away from the ground) have been captured on the computer screen and recomposed as a puzzle to build an immense aerial image. A material obtained with a technology of military origin (photography by satellite and geolocation) initially restricted, which is now accessible to everyone on the web. But all this over-information, all this alleged “hypervisibility” hides, in fact, the logic of Israeli occupation. The intervention on the map, in a kind of reverse cartography, is to manually erase all Palestinian traces and leave only visible the web of settlements, military bases (2) and exclusive routes for Israelis that cross the whole territory and make imposible its normal functioning as a country. In the act of being erased, the Palestinians become visible as “naked life” in a void space of law, in a state of permanent exception.

1 / The documents leaked by Edward Snowden have revealed that Google Maps is part of the global surveillance network operated by several Western intelligence agencies.
2 / Some of the military installations do not appear in Google Maps images, as they are deliberately deleted or camouflaged for “security reasons.”

Nonument / MACBA

10 SEP. 2014 – 08 FEB. 2015 Convent dels Àngels

Curated by Bartomeu Marí and architect Josep Bohigas, this project reflects on transfers between symbolic monument, public space from a series of works developed specifically for this exhibition. Various artists operating in the field of architecture social and urban criticare present their lines of work and their proposals for the future.

Curators: Josep Bohigas y Bartomeu Marí.Organisation and production: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA).

Participaiting artists: Antoni Arola, Itziar Barrio, David Bestué, Curro Claret, Raimond Chaves and Gilda Mantilla, Marcel Dalmau, Domènec, Alicia Framis, Antonio Gagliano, Álex Giménez and Jorge Rodríguez Gerada, Terence Gower, Sílvia Gubern, Alicia Kopf, Marc Larré, Rogelio López Cuenca and Elo Vega, Antoni Llena, Muntadas, Mariona Moncunill and Sergi Botella, Daniela Ortiz, Víctor Pimstein, Sitesize (Joan Vila-Puig and Elvira Pujol) and Francesc Torres.

http://www.macba.cat/en/expo-nonument

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