Le Bûcher des Endettés [Bonfire of Poverty] – Annual performance in Geneva curated by The Montesinos Foundation since 2016
Inspired by one of the most striking images of medieval Geneva, this project offers the Genevan population a great moment of symbolic jubilation by revisiting the concept of a pyre set up in a public place. The idea of this liberating fire is to invite everyone to come and get rid of those “burdensome” documents that weigh down our existence : parking tickets, court summonses, overdue invoices, reminders or receipts, either the originals or photocopies depending on each one’s preference.
A “Debtors’ Parade” preceeds the fiery performance. The procession heads to the Pointe de la Plaine de Plainpalais where the lighting of the fire and the burning of documents takes place.
BONFIRE OF POVERTY – Le Bûcher des Endettés 2016 – video by Nouvo RTS
BONFIRE OF POVERTY – Le Bûcher des Endettés 2019 – video by Lumière Noire