Viva España, 2004


Pilar Albarracin

© Pilar Albarracín - Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

In "Viva España" (2004), a woman – the artist – dressed in yellow, one of the colours of the Spanish flag, wanders through the streets of Madrid followed by a brass band playing the pasodoble "Que viva españa", both a cliché for tourists in Spain and a patriotic tune.

The woman walks on, harassed and anxious, becoming surrounded by the group of male musicians, and gradually picking up speed. The homage turns into an act of aggression, and the film ends with the woman fleeing.

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