On 24 September 2019 Spain’s Supreme Court approved unanimously the exhumation of the former dictator Franco from the underground basilica of Valle de los Caídos mausoleum.
Public Space Exhibition on Facade
5 June 2019 until Franco’s exhumation on 24 October 2019
@ Goethe Institut
Opening, Exhibition, Lecture & Discussion
Lost Memory – Recovered Memory
19:00-21:00, 5 June 2019
@ Goethe Institut
Hybrid Space Lab’s project “Deep Space: Re-signifying Valle de los Caídos” investigating what transformations are still needed at the Valle de los Caídos so as not to create a cenotaph – an empty burial monument – is becoming increasingly urgent.
The large scale banner with Hybrid Space Lab’s elaborate mapping of the most controversial monument Valle de los Caídos will be hanging at the Madrid Goethe Institute’s facade until Franco’s exhumation day – that will then be celebrated with the finissage of Hybrid Space Lab’s public space exhibition.
Prof. Elizabeth Sikiaridi and Prof. Frans Vogelaar are presenting the project “Deep Space: Re-signifying Valle de los Caídos” and contributing to the panel “Lost Memory – Recovered Memory” („Memoria perdida – memoria recuperada“), discussing together with the photographer Miquel Gonzalez, the journalist Emilio Silva and the historian Prof. Gutmaro Gomez Bravo (Contemporary History, Universidad Complutense de Madrid).
The panel discussion is followed by the opening of the photo exhibition „Memoria perdida” of Miquel Gonzalez and of the public space installation “Deep Space: Re-signifying Valle de los Caídos” by Hybrid Space Lab.
At the Goethe-Institut Madrid, the elaborated workshop graphics of the Valley of the Fallen will be presented on the outside facade of the building. There is an accompanying free brochure in German and Spanish with detailed information.
The Pablo Iglesias Foundation, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut of Madrid, organizes a round table entitled Memory Wounded Memory Recovered. Miquel Gonzalez, photographer, Elizabeth Sikiaridi and Frans Vogelaar, founders of Hybrid Space Lab, Gutmaro Gómez Bravo, Professor of Contemporary History at the Complutense University of Madrid and Emilio Silva, Sociologist, political scientist and president of the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory.
The Table will address the culture of memory and the debates that surround it, coinciding with the inauguration of the exhibition of the same name, framed in PhotoEspaña 2019.