Anamnesis, La interior Bodega, Barcelona, 2006. Photos by Andrea Pérez-Hita
The first exhibition of the project Memory and Blindness took place in this singular venue, an old 14th century wine cellar similar to a stone crypt and located in the neighbourhood of El Raval, Barcelona. The title Anamnesis is a Greek word meaning memory, reminiscence. The visitor went down a stone staircase towards darkness, in a kind of initiation katabasis, to a half-lit underground space in the centre of which there was a 2.5 metre heap of piled up clothes, like a mountain of rags within a cave. On a wall, names of the Spanish Republicans who died in the Nazi camps had been painted in black, a mural palimpsest visually echoing the piece.