Iratxe has been commissioned by eremuak to write the long-form essay "The porous stone", in which she reflects on the agency of the object in relation to our artistic practice, taking as a reference our work on the reproduction of an abandoned memorial stone dedicated to three Nazi soldier who died in the Spanish Civil War.

The cahier will be presented in Bilbao on october 17 2019, during the Eremuak Sessions 2019: 'Naturaleza/s' at Azkuna Zentroa.

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La Taller opens the cultural season with a new exhibition format. From 11 to 20 October we will be working alongside with Maite Martínez de Arenaza on a series of lithographs, based on the drawings of mountain landscapes we produced this summer while exploring historical military positions in the Basque Country. At the same time we will display a scultpure based on the reproduction of a Nazi monument dedicated to three German soldiers from the infamous Condor Legion, that had been standing neglected beside a road in the countryside for all these years.

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On the 27th of June 2019, we will talk about uncomfortable heritage and its place in the collective identity, taking the Basque Country as a case study. The presentation will be at 16:00 in the Institute for Art History of the Goethe University Frankfurt. Address: Städelschule, Seminarraum 19.

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How can the unofficial history of a forgotten slab of stone with the names of three Nazi soldiers help us rethink the role contemporary art practices can play in relation to contested heritage?

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Los artistas Iratxe Jaio y Klaas van Gorkum presentarán el libro “400m” en una conversación con el comisario David Armengol. Tendrá lugar el 4 de junio a las 18:30 en la Llibreria La Canibal de Barcelona.

400m es la distancia entre el museo de arqueología y el museo de arte contemporáneo de Vitoria-Gasteiz, en el País Vasco. Es también el título del libro de Jaio y van Gorkum sobre la polémica generada entorno al hallazgo arqueológico de los óstraca de Iruña-Veleia: cientos de fragmentos de cerámica romana inscritos con dibujos, textos en latín y lo que parecían ser las evidencias escritas en euskera más antiguas encontradas hasta el momento. Sin embargo, nada más hacerse público el hallazgo saltó controversia cuando una comisión de expertos puso en duda su autenticidad.

“400m” ofrece una reflexión sobre la cuestión más allá de la dicotomía entre falso-auténtico y partiendo de una aparentemente simple propuesta: la de exponer los contestados artefactos en un museo de arte contemporáneo.

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On the 14th of December we will present "400m" in PrintRoom, Rotterdam. The book provides artistic and sociological reflections on the relation between power and knowledge within the context of the controversy over an alleged forgery of Basque engravings in shards of Roman Era pottery.

It is a double presentation, with designer Richard Niessen who will present his book "The Palace of Typographic Masonry". We will start at 19:00. You are all invited!

"400m" was made thanks to Azala Kreazio Espazioa, Artium, Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Jan van Eyck Academie, NEARCH, CBK Rotterdam and Eremuak.

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At Tabakalera in San Sebastian we will talk about the adventures and misfortunes of a stone that once stood quietly and forgotten by the side of a lonely country road, and into which were carved the names of three German soldiers who belonged to the Luftwaffe's Condor Legion, famous for their mass terror bombing raids on the civilian population of Guernica and Durango.

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How do we determine what is a treasure or rubbish, what counts as archaeology or “just a shard”? Do we need a thousand years to pass, or can we create an archaeology of our own times at this very moment? And who gets to decide about the meaning of objects? These are only some possible questions raised by Waste of Time, an exhibition in Museum Het Valkhof in Nijmegen. In the framework of the "plugin-program" of the German Schloß Ringenberg, the young curators Thorsten Schneider and Adelheid Smit have invited a number of artists to uncover hidden traces of time. Taking the archaeological collection of Museum het Valkhof as a starting point, the artists Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum, Matthias Schamp and Domas van Wijk playfully question common views on both old and contemporary objects and the value we attribute to them.

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From 02/03/2018 to 26/08/2018

Our installation “Work in progress” is being acquired by the Museum Artium of Álava, Basque Country, and will be displayed in the exhibition "Artres. The museum as it should be".

Curated by: Daniel Castillejo

Artists: Ángeles Agrela, Elena Aitzkoa, Juncal Ballestín, Zigor Barayazarra, Cabello/Carceller, June Crespo, María Luisa Fernández, Miriam Isasi, Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum, Concha Jerez, Aníbal López, Liliana Porter, Mabi Revuelta, María Ribot, Ixone Sádaba, Montserrat Soto, Eulalia Valldosera.

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400m Booklaunch at Anti Liburudenda and exhibition opening at Galeria La Taller

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