The exhibition The suitcases of Walter Benjamin is installed at Arts Santa Mónica. Migrant devices, a traveling project that has already passed through Casa de Velázquez in Madrid and in Portbou.
The exhibition comes from a collaborative project between different schools of fine arts: the Weißensee Kunsthochschule in Berlin (Visuelle Kommunikation. Digitale Medien), the École des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux, the Llotja School of Arts and Design in Barcelona and the House of Velázquez from Madrid.
Resident students and artists have created imaginary suitcases from the reading of the Theses of the Philosophy of History written by Walter Benjamin (Berlin, 1892-Portbou, 1940), and believed to have been in the suitcase in his flight in Exile, before deciding to end his life on September 26, 1940 in Portbou, when he was arrested by the Gestapo and knowing that he would be repatriated. The history, memory and European identity of today is the background theme of these suitcases that the students have created thinking about Portbou, passage of border and exile that comes to present before the Europe of the refugees.
The exhibition joins a geographical line of Benjamin, with the participation of Berlin, city where he was born, Bordeaux, important city of France, country that welcomed him as a German refugee, and Portbou, Spanish border, where he decided to end his life.