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

 

More photos

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