OCTOBER 21, 2013
Verónica Domingo Alonso, of Getxo (Bizkaia), is the winner of the 2013 Itzal Aktiboa Prize for Young Talent in Contemporary Art.
Congratulating her on behalf of the jury, Pantxoa Etchegoin, its president and the director of the Basque Cultural Institute, remarked on "the quality of her work, her mastery of technique, the link made between painting and poetry, and the maturity of her style".
Aged 24 and a graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, Verónica has just completed an M.A in Fine Art at Norwich University of the Arts in the U.K. For the Itzal Aktiboa Prize competition, she submitted a diptych of black ink on paper entitled "Entre los pliegues de la luz" (Between the folds of the light), created using the Monoprint technique and inspired by the writings of Basque poet Pablo González de Langarika.
The 2,000 euros prize is designed to reward a young artist of 35 years of age or less, living and working in the Basque Country. Some 25 artists took part in the competition, which was organised by Itzal Aktiboa in collaboration with the Basque Cultural Institute.
The second prize, named for the town of Saint Jean Pied de Port and amounting to 800 euros, was awarded to Thomas Loyatho, age 29, of Hasparren (Labourd), for his painting "Arrasortzea". The jury congratulated him on "the painterly quality" of his work, drawing on "the concept of renaissance through the reinterpretation of current imagery via a process of defiguration and deconstruction through memory in motion".
In third place, 31-year-old Béranger Laymond of Bidart (Labourd) won the Nautilus-Lanzarote Prize, consisting of an artist's residence in Lanzarote (Canary Islands), for his installation "En attendant mieux" ("Waiting for something better"). The scaled-down representation of a utopian city, made out of foam board, impressed the jury by the "originality of its installation, its occupation and dis-occupation of space, and its imaginary architectural design".
Alongside Pantxoa Etchegoin, the members of the jury were Marie-Claude Berger, art historian; Frédéric Duprat, Director of the Bayonne School of Art; Christine Etchevers, artist; Michel de Jaureguiberry, collector; Ismael Manterola, art historian and professor at the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao; Iñaki Olazabal, sculptor; and Antón Piñel, collector and patron of the arts.
SEPTEMBER 04, 2013
A jury of 12 leading personalities in the world of contemporary art in the Basque Country has selected the following five young artists as finalists for the 2013 Itzal Aktiboa Contemporary Art Prize:
Verónica Domingo, from Getxo-Las Arenas (Bizkaia); Anne-Laure Garicoix, from Donibane Garazi-Saint Jean Pied de Port (Lower Navarre); María Jiménez Moreno, from Zizur Nagusia (Navarre); Bérenger Laymond, from Bidarte (Labourd); and Thomas Loyatho, from Hazparne-Hasparren (Labourd).
Their work will be exhibited in three locations in Saint Jean Pied de Port from 4 October to 3 November 2013.
The competition is being organised in collaboration with the Basque Cultural Institute as part of its Hogei'ta programme, with the support of the municipality of Saint Jean Pied de Port. Two other prizes will also be awarded: the Saint Jean Pied de Port Prize and the Nautilus-Lanzarote Prize. The winners will be announced during the exhibition.
Verónica Domingo will present two graphic works on paper entitled "Entre los pliegues de la luz", inspired by the poems of Pablo González de Langarika and created using the Monoprint process.
Anne-Laure Garicoix will present an oil painting on wood, "Les Flamandes de Salvadora", in which an apparently natural background and seemingly human figures merge in a mysterious combination of darkness and light that is simultaneously both sinister and benevolent.
María Jiménez Moreno will present an installation entitled "Ofelia", combining visual metaphors and physical props in a complex discourse on the position of women in the world. The artist has drawn her inspiration from the water-lilies surrounding the corpse of the drowned lover of Shakespeare's Hamlet, as portrayed in the famous Pre-Raphaelite painting by Millais.
Bérenger Laymond will present an installation entitled "En attendant mieux", hinting at the utopian possibility of an airborne architectural alternative to contemporary problems of galloping urbanisation.
Thomas Loyatho will present an oil painting entitled "Arrasortzea", in which the deliberately ill-defined representation of a human figure involved in some undetermined activity illustrates how we that apprehend the barrage of images to which we are subjected in today's hyper information society.