THE GOOD FACE
THE GOOD FACE
The kitchen table is an important element in our house. Here we often sit with our family having dinner, or a glass of wine. We share memories about growing up and things you have experienced together, but about some things we can’ talk. We are not allowed to, or we simply don’t know exactly what happened.
THE GOOD FACE is such a story.
What is the foundation of our collective historical memory when relics of the past seem to be hidden? The way one looks at memory, shapes the narrative of what happened in the past. If you look at memory on a larger scale, the way one country does remember its past influences their current policymaking.
With the death of Dictator Francisco Franco, Spain entered a period of transition. The country became a democracy (1973-1982) and for many, the end of the dictatorship was an opportunity to come to terms with memories of its violent past. However, this was made impossible because of one tacit Pact. The Pact of Oblivion was a supposed agreement which silenced all violent events which happened during the Civil war and the Francoist regime. No one was hold responsible for the crimes they committed, and evidence was hidden. Spain had become a state of Amnesia. The crimes of the past were simply ‘forgotten’ and silence became a political tool to move on.
The pact eventually became an assumed ‘historical truth’ which was different from what really happened. It was an agreement that was not as solid as a law, therefore its fundament was weaker and had space for cracks. The project plays with this element of an unsolid agreement where fiction and fact seem to dance around each other, but still has incredible power by moulding the perception of others. The project functions as a decor where historical truth is questioned, and facts and fiction start to come together.
Which face should we trust in order to move on?
BASED ON TRUE EVENTS