De-Vandalisation and further tributes

2016 May


During the night of the 10th of June 2016, the 5 totems / monoliths erected in 2014 were vandalised. They had been burnt, and attempts were made at tearing off the vinyl materials. The authorities of Les Corts district and the Platform Future Monument denounced these acts.

An initiative got underway to clean the site collectively as just another shared activity within the participation process. The vinyl materials were re-fitted within a very short space of time.


A short documentary was inspired by this initiative: De-vandalisation, a process for a monument, by Noelia Paz, was presented in October 2016, consisting of a summary of the actions the participation process had promoted up until that moment. 

The film featured members of the Platform, actresses such as Maica BarrosoAna Turpin and Luisa Gavasa, as well as the writer Silvia Romero.


On the 8th of March 2017 a tribute was paid to Tomasa Cuevas Gutiérrez, who had been a prisoner at Les Corts in 1945 and a great figure towards the restoration of the historical memory of women. An itinerary under the name «Les Corts Feminista» (‘Feminist Les Corts’) which highlighted some of these women’s contributions, and which now feature in street names and have left a mark in the history of the neighbourhoods concerned, was one of the key activities of the homage.

Through the creation of these itineraries, the old prison’s perimeter, conceived as a sort of barrier within the urban landscape and as an emblem of an isolated place of repression, was growing in its significance.


These considerations moved the Platform to promote a so called ‘artivist’ initiative, a shared activity consisting in the demarcation —both on the road and the pavement— of the precise contours where the building once stood.

On the 14th of April of 2018 the woman receiving the tribute was Isabel Vicente, a communist militant locked up in Les Corts in 1941.

The Platform took part in events organised by the European Observatory on Memories (EUROM) and Barcelona City Hall, like the opening of Pasaje Isabel Vicente, a passageway named after this former prisoner in the neighbourhood of Gracia.