cartographies of an uprising

La Sublevación (The Uprising) is a recently published cartographic visualization of the pro-Franco military coup in Spain 18th July 1936. Its author Víctor Hurtado maps the improvisation and deliberation with which both sides, fascist and republican, combatted. The role of dense narrow streets or wide avenues was decisive on the fate of the uprising that day: placing of the barricades, spacing and timing of shoot-outs. But also the physical and political distances between key institutions like Republican Governments or Military Headquarters and barracks (Gobierno Militar, Cuartel de Artillería…). With Hurtado’s maps, one realizes the complexity of the whole apparatus surrounding the event,of anything that had in some way the capacity to capture, orient, determine, intercept, model, control, or secure the gestures, behaviours, opinions, or discourses of living beings. [G. Agamben’s definition]. The relational network of power structures is automatically revealed, making possible to understand the dynamics of Spanish cities at the time: which buildings had been playing the main role in everyday politics, where power decisions were actually taken, where to seek refuge under state of exception, who to negotiate with in critical moments and who to defeat first to gain control over population.

As Hurtado puts it in this meticulous atlas, the success of the fascist uprising was in many cities just a matter of small details, even a few hours.

V. Hurtado, 2011. La Sublevación. Edicions Dau: Barcelona.

^ V. Hurtado. Barcelona: Fascist Uprising 1936

^ V. Hurtado. Cádiz: Fascist Uprising 1936

^ V. Hurtado. Sevilla: Fascist Uprising 1936

^ V. Hurtado. San Sebastián: Fascist Uprising 1936

[all images by Victor Hurtado via C. Geli 09/12/2011. 18-J: cartografía de una sublevaciónelpais]

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