La Model exhibits the 160 Francoist housing plaques now removedAn exhibition opens at the former Model prison on Friday 15 March entitled ‘Deconstructing Francoism. Symbols of the Dictatorship in Barcelona’. The display features original pieces and documents from the city with Francoist symbols, including more than 160 housing plaques which have been removed in recent years. The installation is open to the public on Fridays, from 3 pm to 6 pm, and on Saturdays, from 10 am to 6 pm, until 15 June 2019.
The idea is to interpret the symbolic repression of the Franco dictatorship, with an interactive map showing where most of the housing plaques were located, as well as identifying various places of repression and control, along with monuments and street names relating to Francoism.
The starting point for the authors is the hierarchical use of territorial control imposed by Francoism through these elements of public space, which, although they should have been completely removed via the 2007 law on historical memory, are still present today or have only recently been taken away.
The exhibition is an original idea by Jordi Guixé, director of the European Observatory on Memories at the University of Barcelona Solidarity Foundation (EUROM), and Núria Ricart, professor of Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona, and has been promoted by the Commissioner’s Office for Memory Programmes.