Piece made for the exhibition Nonuments at MACBA (11/10/2014 - 01/08/2015)
Exhibition curated by Josep Bohigas and Bartomeu Marí who have invited 28 artists to reflect on how they can influence, from art practices in the problematic links between event, remembrance, aesthetics and city.
Below is transcribed the text that appears next to the project presented in the exhibition.
The viceroy Velasco sent a group of 6,000 men to subdue the "vigatans" but ended up fraternizing with the rebels in the Congost, near Centelles, smoking, drinking, eating and without firing a single shot.
ALBAREDA, J., ESCULIES, J., La guerra de 1714, Arrabal Ediciones, Pórtico, Barcelona, 2013
The mobilization of 6,000 armed men by viceroy Velasco against austriacistas "vigatans" in step by Congost leading to Plana de Vic (territory that the rebels dominated) is considered the first formal military confrontation in Catalonia in this conflict. It occurred in July 1705, before taking Barcelona by the Archduke Carlos III on October 14.
To commemorate these events it is proposed to make each year a meal involving both Catalan nationalists and Spanish ones. The food would be in the same area and at the same time when the original events occurred. All participants would share the same meal, conducted jointly with charcoal fire. At the end one of the coals would be collected as evidence of the act and would be kept in a glass case in a visible space in Centelles (like a bar, a social Center or a private house, each year in a different location) until the following edition, where grilled would be placed in the new fire and replaced by a new one.