From ‘The Pact of Silence’ by @albadiazco (www.alba-diaz.com)
During the Spanish Civil War (1936 - 1939) and the subsequent dictatorship, hundreds of thousands of people were persecuted, executed and buried in ditches around Spain, leaving them in abandonment — as was the case of my great-grandfather Jose Montes de Oca. This situation was prolonged until the death of the dictator Francisco Franco (1975).
After these events, when moving forward to the country's modernisation and democracy, the Spanish society was divided. In order to recover the national reconciliation, the political parties agreed to create the Amnesty Law (1977), known as Pact of forgetting. It establishes oblivion and silence to past offences and its victims. This lead to infrastructure constructions — which on this day are ordinary spaces of our day to day lives. These mundane locations that are settled above the desolated bodies, perpetuate them to silence and forgetfulness while hiding the most tragic crimes of Spain.
'The Pact of Silence’ looks into the conjunction of repression and memory as a significant role in Spanish history and today’s society. Furthermore, it explores the possible locations where my great-grandfather could be. A reality that exemplifies the importance to address the historical narrative into an adequate direction, for the conciliation of the Spanish memory.