Tortosa boasts an illegal monument. Erected in 1964 and inaugurated two years later by General Francisco Franco for the 25th anniversary of the franquista victory (25 Años de Paz or 25 Years of Peace, according to the regime). It is illegal because it does not comply with the norm ratified in article 15 of the 52/2007 act, also known as the Ley de la Memoria Histórica (Historical Memory Act) of the 26th of December. This project takes its name from the judicial norms previously mentioned, proposing three interventions that make up the symbolic dismantling of said monument:
1. The monument in question, honoring ‘the fighters that found glory in the battle of the Ebro’, at its base, is made visible on Street View by the Google corporation alongside the rest of the city. On the 20th of November of 2015 (also the 40th anniversary of the dictator’s death) I sent a petition to the tech giant to take under consideration the ammendment that the municipal administration ignores since 2007, pleading for the digital removal of the monument from the popular cartographic map.
2. A panoramic view of the city of Tortosa taken from Google Street View is displayed. This image, seen from the bridge, creates an estranging effect. Its sinister element (the regime’s monument) has been digitally eliminated, offering a normal view. The bizarre quality of the landscape is due to the absence of the anomaly.
3. The printed image is accompanied by a cacophanous sound: the 1966 LP (21’ 43’’) of La Batalla del Ebro evocada en Tortosa bajo la paz de Francisco Franco (the battle of Ebro in Tortosa under Francisco Franco’s era of peace) played in reverse. This album, promoted by the State, collects recordings of the inaugural day, including speeches by Manuel Moll (the Bishop of Tortosa), Rafael Fernández (Sheriff and regional leader of Fascist Movimiento de Tarragona), and Francisco Franco, himself. By playing it in reverse, the heavy historical weight that is encapsuled in this audio-document is deactivated.