BONFIRE OF POVERTY

Le Bûcher des Endettés [Bonfire of Poverty]

Performance in Geneva – 15th of December 2016

Walk on the Public Site performances curated by Madeleine Amsler & Marie-Eve Knoerle (What About Performance Art ?)

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.