BONFIRE OF POVERTY

Le Bûcher des Endettés [Bonfire of Poverty] Annual performance in Geneva – 2016, 2017, 2018

Elena Montesinos - The Montesinos Foundation
BONFIRE OF POVERTY – The Montesinos Foundation – Elena Montesinos

Inspired by one of the most striking images of medieval Geneva, this project offered 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 was 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” preceded the fiery performance. The procession headed to the Pointe de la Plaine de Plainpalais where the lighting of the fire and the burning of documents took place.

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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 What About Performance Art ?