From Picasso's Guernica to the present day

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)

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.

Stem terug! Vote Back!

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

The Black Whale

THE BLACK WHALE is an exhibition project which departs from the crisis provoked by the accident of the Prestige oil-tanker back in 2002 — which was one of the most intense social and political moments of the last decades in Spain — to contextualize and interpret it on a wider spectre. Taking the oil industry and the multiple factors which surround it as one of the main visible or physical manifestations of contemporary societies, the project opens itself to subjects as diverse as nature exploitation, colonialism, the history of modernity, the myth of an endless progress, maritime commerce, globalization, or war.
Dates: 5 October 2012 - 31 March 2013 Location: MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Príncipe 54 | 36202 Vigo | Spain Curator: Pedro de Llano

Research by Walking - Sala Rekalde

research by walking is a curatorial project developed by Alba Colomo during her residency at Het Wilde Weten in Rotterdam. It centers on the role of artists in the social transformation of the South of Rotterdam - a zone with a large presence of 'creative professionals' - and on how this relates to the urban development policies of the local institutions. The high concentration of artists - and the acclaimed 'creative class' - that live and work in this part of the city, seems to be one of the strategies employed by the local authorities to regenerate the socio-economic environment of the area.

With: Kim Bouvy, Left Hand Rotation, and Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum.

9 October - 11 November 2012

Sala Rekalde


Presentation of the publication 'Amikejo', tuesday 22 May, 20h at Múltiplos in Barcelona.

Amikejo has been produced in coordination with a series of four exhibitions by artist duos, curated by Latitudes (Max Andrews & Mariana Cánepa Luna) at Laboratorio 987, the project space of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, MUSAC (exhibitions by Pennacchio Argentato, Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum, Uqbar-Irene Kopelman & Mariana Castillo Deball, and Fermín Jiménez Landa & Lee Welch).

Research by Walking

An exhibition at Het Wilde Weten, curated by Alba Colomo. With Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum, Kim Bouvy and Left Hand Rotation. Only 15.05.2012 during De Derde Dinsdag

Pre-enactment workshop at MASS Alexandria

From the 28th of March to the 6th of April 2012, we gave a workshop at MASS Alexandria, Egypt, in collaboration with Elke Uitentuis. During this workshop, we focused on the concept of pre-enactment. The unstable transition period Egypt is in right now causes a lot of uncertainty, but also openings for new images of the future. This future could be the one we hope for, or its opposite, a dystopian vision of what is to come. The question is how we, as artists, can contribute to the development of a certain shared vision, a horizon to strive for. By enacting future scenarios in the present, the current politics of our daily lives will be put into another perspective. The goal of pre-enacting is to draw parallels and stimulate discussion on the proposals presented.

Occupy Campaign

On March 2 and 3, an Occupy inspired campaign will take place in the Jan van Galen neighbourhood. Occupy Campaign is not selling anything, nor is it a political party. Occupy Campaign aims to bring politics back to their source: to the neighbourhood and the street. Watch the video below:

Afterall - Artists at Work: Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum

In this interview with Afterall's Paula Barriobero, Jaio and van Gorkum discuss notions of communities, social and activist practices and some of their projects, as well as their recent experiences at Occupy Amsterdam.
Date published: 
Wed, 02/08/2012


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