Frac Aquitaine presents a solo exhibition of Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum. The artists have been invited by curator Alexandra Baurès to pursue their reflection on notions of work and the production of art within conditions marked by globalisation

3 October 2013 - 21 December 2013
Vernissage Thursday 3 October 2013, 18h30

Artist talk between Alexandra Baurès, curator of the exhibition and the artists Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum:  Thursday 3 October 2013, 17h30-18h30

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Últimas Palabras will be exhibited by CCEBA at the Fase 5.0 festival in Buenos Aires. 8 - 11 November, Centro Cultural Recoleta.

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In "Últimas Palabras" (Last Words), an actor and a speech instructor rehearse a text based on the final statement made by Alfredo Astiz at his trial. This ex-commander of the Navy during the last military dictatorship in Argentina is currently serving a life sentence for crimes against human nature.

Also known as the "Blond Angel of Death", Astiz was notorious for his chameleon-like ability to shift character, passing himself off as a victim of repression in order to infiltrate human rights organisations as a spy.

This re-enactment of his last words is a study of the relationship between the political art of oratory and that which Hannah Arendt has called "the banality of evil".
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Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum have been selected to take part in the Mondriaan Foundation residency at Lipac, Laboratory of Investigation into Contemporary Art Practice, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

On Saturday the 18th of May, they will introduce their research project "Draw some lines in the sand and call it an institution" at Centro Cultural Rojas. The artists will talk about the challenges of organising oneself collectively at different stages of institutionalisation, and the theatrical aspects of staging justice. They will be evaluating their own experiences in Occupy Amsterdam, where they initiated "The Beursplein Hearings", a formal structure within the camp that collected testimonies from its members on the ethical dilemmas they encountered while dealing with social problems and keeping order on the public square.

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A project curated by Martí Manen for Galería Liebre in Madrid.

From the 6th of April to the 4th of May 2013

Artists:

Sebastian Beyro, Black Tulip, Bonus Extra, Kalle Brolin, Priscila Fernandes, Guillem Juan Sancho, Sandra Paula Fernández, Ana García Pineda, Luis Pérez Calvo, Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum, Laramascoto, Connie Mendoza, Carlos Motta, Carl Palm, Pepo Salazar, Yes.

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On the 8th of December, Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum will talk in L’occasione about their experiences in Occupy Amsterdam, where they initiated a kind of "Truth Commission" in the camp. Through a series of hearings, fellow Occupiers were questioned one by one about the ethical dilemmas they encountered while maintaining order on the square, in relation to the shared ideal of a radical, participatory democracy. Their experiences in the camp will serve, on the one hand, as a starting point for a critical reflection on the group dynamics that lead a community towards and astray from consensus and principles of equality. On the other, as a case study for the role that artists may play in these processes, using the methodology of the cross-examination and the trial as artistic instruments.

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Through the scenes in four films, Miren Jaio reflects on the family and the space it adopts as its own, the home and the role of the family institution in shaping the ever fragile and unstable boundaries between private space and public space. The text was written as an accompaniment to the drawings of "Of Mortgages and Marriages" by Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum, and published in "Meanwhile, in the Living Room...".
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This seminar, organised by eremuak, will focus on the legitimisation discourses that inform public policies, to explore questions such as: new institutional frameworks, self-instituting processes, collective practices, definitions of participation in art and society, financing methods and the laws of patronage and heritage policies.

The seminar will take place over two days and is structured around two committees in which a number of different professionals will take part: artists, curators, and art historians. In each session, the debates will be preceded by a talk on the proposed subject.

Venue:
ARTIUM museum - Vitoria-Gasteiz - october 19 - 20

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11 October: We are participating in a colloquium between Basque artists, featuring Nestor Basterretxea and Josu Rekalde, and moderated by Fernando Golvano, in the 1st International Congress on Art, Memory and Democracy.

Conference venues
Bilbao and Gernika: 9,10,11th october 2012
Elai Alai aretoa Gernika and Auditorium of the University of the Basque Country (Bilbao)

Presentation
Great works of art weave many senses and different aesthetic, ethical and political values into a single form. They set off genuine research into human existence and historical and social events, redefining what is thinkable, visible and experimentable. Picasso’s Guernica, painted in 1937, is a case in point of an artistic creation that brings together all these meanings in an open, critical, enigmatic dialogue. Painted at the time of the Spanish Civil War and commissioned by the government of the Republic for its pavilion at the World’s Fair in Paris, it continues to be ackowledged as a universal symbol denouncing the barbarity of the bombing of civilian populations.

2012 marks the 75th anniversary of its presentation, in the Year of Cultures for Peace and Freedom. This provides an ideal setting for a review of its current significance and ongoing commitment to democratic values. It is also a good time to reflect on the deep-rooted links between creativity, remembrance and the permanent institution of a democratic project in the Basque, European and global contexts in the present time. This congress sets out to discuss these issues from the viewpoints of historical and philosophical clarification and of artistic and literary investigation.

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Just a few weeks after the elections on 12 September, this exhibition and festival examines what remains of the campaign promises, after the many negotiations to form a government. Are citizens really represented in this process? Or is it time for them to reclaim their vote? Can politics do more than move between pragmatism, marketing politics and populism – you ask, we respond – or is it time for a radical turn? And last but not least: what is the role of the arts in this?

5 Oct - 4 Nov 2012. Opening: Fri 5 October, 5 - 8 p.m
de Appel arts centre & Frascati
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