BONFIRE OF POVERTY

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.

Elena Montesinos - The Montesinos Foundation
BONFIRE OF POVERTY – Le Bûcher des Endettés – Elena Montesinos, 2017


BONFIRE OF POVERTY  – Elena Montesinos – photo by Lumière Noire, 2017


BONFIRE OF POVERTY – Le Bûcher des Endettés – video by Nouvo RTS, 2016


BONFIRE OF POVERTY – Le Bûcher des Endettés – photo by Lumière Noire, 2019


BONFIRE OF POVERTY – Le Bûcher des Endettés – photo by Demir Sönmez, 2016


BONFIRE OF POVERTY – Le Bûcher des Endettés – photo by Lumière Noire, 2019


BONFIRE OF POVERTY – Le Bûcher des Endettés – photo by Lumière Noire, 2019


BONFIRE OF POVERTY – Le Bûcher des Endettés – video by Lumière Noire, 2019


BONFIRE OF POVERTY – Le Bûcher des Endettés – photo by Lumière Noire, 2019


BONFIRE OF POVERTY – Le Bûcher des Endettés – photo by Lumière Noire, 2019


The Wild Panthers  for the 2020 BONFIRE OF POVERTY


BONFIRE OF POVERTY – Le Bûcher des Endettés – Elena Montesinos, 2020

 

More photos

2020 Articles in La Tribune de Genève  & in 360° (in French)

2019 Article in Le Temps (in French)

2019 Article in Le Courrier (in French)

2018 Article in La Tribune de Genève (in French)

2017 Interview & review in La Spirale (in French)

2016 Walk on the Public Site performances curated by Madeleine Amsler & Marie-Eve Knoerle