SEPTEMBER 04, 2018
Seven artists chosen as finalists in the competition for the Itzal aktiboa Contemporary Art Prize 2018 - Taxio Ardanaz, Luis Olaso, Maite Pinto, Miriam Isasi, María Jiménez Moreno, Thomas Loyatho and Léa Vessot - will present their work in a collective exhibition during the month of October in the Prison des Évêques in Saint Jean Pied de Port.
Selected from among 34 candidates by a jury chaired by the co-director of the Centre of Contemporary Art of Huarte (Navarre), Nerea de Diego, the seven finalists represent a variety of disciplines ranging from painting to video.
The exhibition will be open to the public from Saturday October 6 2018 to Thursday November 1 2018, daily except on Tuesdays, from 11.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
The competition, organized by Itzal aktiboa with the support of the Basque Cultural Institute, the Departmental Council of the Pyrénées Atlantiques and the municipality of Saint Jean Pied de Port, offers a prize of 2,000 euros, to be awarded to one of the seven finalists on the occasion of the inauguration of the exhibition.
(Logroño, 1993) studied Fine Arts at the University of the Basque Country and then obtained a Master’s degree from the Manchester School of Arts in England. She will show four aquatint etchings that form part of a project called "The Kindness of Strangers", telling the story of the welcome accorded in England to 4,000 Basque children who left their homes as refugees during the Spanish Civil War.
(Vitoria-Gasteiz, 1983) holds a PhD in Fine Arts from the University of the Basque Country and the University of Mexico and lives and works in Bilbao. Her video, entitled "TAP (L’Internationale)", dedicated to the memory of the co-founder of the Comet Network, Dédée de Jongh, shows tap-dancers tapping the rhythm of the revolutionary anthem using “taps” forged from shrapnel from the Spanish Civil War.
(Pamplona, 1978) has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Basque Country and lives in Zizur Mayor (Navarre) and works in the Cuenca de Pamplona. She will be exhibiting an installation called "Time for Parenting", in which a giant spider web woven with threads of various thicknesses summarizes in symbolic terms her learning experience as a young mother.
(Bayonne, 1984) holds a Master's degree in Visual Arts and Space from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Liège, Belgium, and lives and works in Hasparren. His installation "70cm / hour" is composed of a woven thread of grass accompanied by a video showing his fingers in the act of braiding, in a meditation on the value accorded to an action in terms of the time devoted to it.
(Mont de Marsan, 1993) graduated from the Higher Institute of Arts in Toulouse (isdaT) and divides her time between Guéthary and Toulouse. She is presenting a large untitled canvas that at first glance seems to show an empty surface but within which coloured variations of white emerge to create a reflection on temporality and change.
(Iruñea/Pamplona, 1978) graduated in Fine Arts from the University of the Basque Country and lives and works in Bilbao. He will show a series of 23 paintings on paper under the title "Shrapnel", inspired by the graphic art of social movements in the Basque Country in the 1970s and ’80s and conceived as a research into the aesthetics of resistance.
(Bilbao, 1986) lives in Getxo and has his studio in Mungia (Bizkaia). He is presenting a painting entitled "Composition for Three Sunflowers and a Cylinder", in which he goes beyond the representation of the human figure that dominated his previous works to confer a psychological and human character on neutral elements devoid of personal identity.
OTSAILA 22, 2018
We are organising once again the competition for the Itzal Aktiboa Prize for Young Talent in Contemporary Art, in collaboration with the Basque Cultural Institute and the Centre for Contemporary Art of Huarte (Navarre).
The aim of the competition is to encourage young artists and thereby contribute to the development of contemporary art in the wider Basque cultural context. The competition will be open to any artist under 40 with personal ties with the Basque Country.
The deadline for applications will be July 15, 2018. The works of the artists chosen as finalists will be presented in a group exhibition in the Prison des Evêques in Saint Jean Pied de Port during October 2018.
A cash prize of 2,000 euros will be awarded to the winner. In parallel, two artists will be invited to participate in an artist-in-residence programme for seven weeks, from January 25 to March 3 2019, at the Centre for Contemporary Art of Huarte.