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THREE ARTISTS CHOSEN AS ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE AT THE CENTRO HUARTE

OCTOBER 06, 2018

As part of its collaboration in the Itzal aktiboa Prize contest, the Huarte Centre for Contemporary Art has chosen three artists -- Natacha Sansoz (Carcassonne, 1981), Irati Inoriza (Balmaseda, 1992) and Blanca Ortiga (Hornos de Moncalvillo, La Rioja, 1984) – for artist residencies under its Habitación programme.

All three use performance art and installations to challenge common attitudes and behaviours in current society.

Natacha Sansoz studied at the School of Fine Arts in Bordeaux. As a multidisciplinary artist, she operates in the areas of textile art, appropriation, performances and installations, weaving invisible links between people, knowledge, territories, languages and artistic disciplines.

For the Itzal aktiboa Prize, she presented an installation called “A Freaky Wedding In The Empty Shack” in which she transmits the purpose and meaning of a cross-border experience undertaken in numerous countries over the last two years.

"The idea of my installation is to lay out the results of this experiment around the carpet of "Hostitality". Handmade in southern Turkey, this carpet is a reading space, a space to rest, a space for conversation, projection, play - intimate and at the same time convivial, to reveal fragments of individual lives, to hear the stories of men and women who have known how to live and work together, in another place, in order together to create this fruit of a new economy.

Different languages can be heard in videos shot in several different countries and cities (Mostar, Sarajevo, Paris, Berlin, Bayonne, Pierre St Martin, Oloron Ste Marie, Izmir, Hammamet, Redeyef, Hondarribia). The objects and records were brought back from our travels. The objective of this project is to question language, stories, borders, war and the role of the host, drawing on the recurring figure of the "bridge" and the metaphor of weaving.

Irati Inoriza operates in a field combining visual essay and the construction of artistic ecosystems, questioning comfortable notions concerning the construction of the individual and of identity, both individually and collectively, in the context of a changing society.

She uses strategies of fragmentation, repetition and play for to create projects, especially video-performance, that are born in poetic form in the context of daily reality.

For the Itzal aktiboa Prize, she presented an installation titled LEAP OF FAITH whose starting point was a video published on the Internet of a performance by the American gymnast Simone Biles, Olympic champion in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

"I collect elements that affect me, surround me and relate me to the context. I establish a relationship between research, its contextualization and its translation in images. The links available to me give rise to a body of images and text that reveal two fundamental aspects of contemporary culture: the complexity and irreducibility of a specific situation to a single reading and the capacity of an image to analyze our social construction. "

Blanca Ortiga studied Political Science, Scenic Creation and Fine Arts in Madrid, and devotes her time to research and contemporary creation. She lives in Bilbao.

Her focus is on in exploring how art can explode frontiers through the stresses of encounter and displacement. "Before Inhaling”, the project that she submitted to the competition for the Itzal aktiboa prize, refers to the instant before taking a breath, the interval in which breathing is interrupted, where movement collapses and the body appears suspended in void - perhaps as an act of self-protection, of survival, of contraction for the sake of self-awareness.

Taking as her point of departure both artistic references and historical events and situations, she brings into play notions - and the tension between them – ranging from the body and movement to desire and violence, in an exploration of what she describes as a praxis that seeks a place, a place that seeks (we know not what).


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