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Diagonal núm.1 08019 Barcelona
Francesc Abad


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Associació pro Memòria als Immolats per la llibertat de Catalunya



Diagonal núm.1 08019 Barcelona


This is a project on a public building and its social and political dimensions, which concern us all : an enormous concrete tombstone at the end of "Diagonal", the main road in Barcelona, which has a water purification plant below it and will now be the site of an immense sixty hectare esplanade with sea views. It's been chosen to host visitors to the "Forum 2004" exhibition which include workshops, concerts, and a leisure zone as its main attractions. Beneath this enormous tombstone was, "El Camp de la Bota", a site where more than 1,700 were killed during the franquist repression.

Memory | This tragic historical site, buried in the loss of everything objective and in patriotism, is known in Catalonia's history as "The Parapet". It was a wall, an enormous structure positioned diagonally to the seafront in a barren location. You could get there via a road that led to the beach where the firing squad undertook their job of excecution.

This isn't a peaceful place, but one of death. Only one criticism: Why? The citizen in the second modern civilization wouldn't be able to think that deeply. Why? These are not the times to talk about the behaviour and languages that the concept of the ethic of public space has. Why this distrust towards the reconversion of the cultural and social value of territory as identity?

Culture | Culture has become just a pretext for social progress and economic growth, and also the pressures to bring us together, put into practice by modern society and it's conformity within a consumer society. Our well-being has been constructed on the basis of forgetting. Forgetting the past is an injustice upon which we build our present.

Apathy | In a time of fleeting identities - where everything is thrown away - how is one to justifiy the idea of the essence of construction? As knowledge, is this destructuralisation of the conscience with regard to the human condition really someting we want? Isn't there an alternative so that men and women think in a different way about the place they live, work and die?

Prescription | It's at this moment that there is an ideological mechanism that can hide, devalue and depoliticise. Can one talk about justice (injustice) and suffering in a post-colonial time that disfigures history? We need a new democratic culture in a consumer society where everything expires.



Francesc Abad
2004