Emotional Atlas of Bidasoa - exhibition
2023.02.03 / 2023.06.04
An exhibition at the Oiasso Roman Museum (Irun) curated and art directed by Helga Massetani Piemonte and María José Noain Maura.
"It is not possible to bathe twice in the same river". This famous phrase, perhaps erroneously attributed to the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, is perfect for reflecting on the Bidasoa. Its character as a border river, since ancient times, has allowed it to see the most varied historical events, to hear different languages on its banks, to host great celebrations and great tragedies, to become a mute witness to the passing of time. The river Bidasoa is the protagonist of this exhibition and comes to life through the voices of its inhabitants.
In 2019, Bitamine Faktoria (Helga Massetani Piemonte) and Los Viajes de Aspasia (María José Noain Maura) received the Ribera grant from Irun City Council to develop a project that at the time was called "Cartografía Emocional del Bidasoa" (Emotional Cartography of the Bidasoa). Previous work was carried out on the history of artistic cartography which was followed by anthropological research, in which, through surveys and group interviews, the emotional perception that the inhabitants of its banks have of the Bidasoa was collected. In this way, a conceptual and artistic map of the river's memory was drawn up.
The project was continued in 2021, taking on a new dimension that transformed it into "Atlas Emocional del Bidasoa". It was then the Olatuak grant from the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa and the Creation Aid from Irun Town Council that facilitated the transformation of the research into an artist's book: an edition of ten literary and historical notebooks, illustrated by Elena Odriozola. Ten of the themes most highlighted by the citizens during the research phase were chosen and are now transformed into ten modules that make up this exhibition. Each module talks about an aspect, but not only for information purposes, but also as an artistic installation that aims to evoke memories, stir emotions, rescue from oblivion what we were, are and want to be. They can be visited in the order that each person chooses: the important thing is to move between them, like the waters of the river. After all, as the Greek philosopher himself said, everything flows, nothing remains.
KREDITUAK / CRÉDITOS
Komisariotza / Comisariado: Helga Massetani Piemonte, María José Noain Maura
Ilustrazioak / Ilustraciones: Elena Odriozola
Ekoizpena / Producción: Ander Garmendia
Eskerrak / Agradecimientos
Gipuzkoako Foru Aldundia / Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa
Gordailua. Gipuzkoako Ondare Bildumen Zentroa / Centro de Colecciones Patrimoniales de Gipuzkoa.
Hondarribiko Udala / Ayuntamiento de Hondarribia
Irungo Udal Artxiboa / Archivo Municipal de Irun
San Telmo Museoa
Irungo Memoria Historikoaren Bulegoa /Oficina Memoria Histórica de Irun
José Luis Noain Cendoya
"Nicolás Guerendiain" Irungo Errepublikarrak / Asociación Republicana Irunesa “Nicolás Guerendiain”
Eta ikerketa-fasean parte hartu zuten guztiei. / A todas las personas que participaron en la fase de investigación.
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Artistic residencies / New approaches
The initiative to review the programmes of aid for creation organised by Bitamine Faktoria over the last 10 years arose shortly after the period of pandemics, confinements and limitations on many of the freedoms we had enjoyed until then.
It is true that the new present had changed as a consequence of the events. The economy had been affected, many families had lost loved ones, the routine and changing restrictions we faced on a daily basis made us feel lost and hopeless. But also, people had changed. Many of us have taken advantage of this hiatus to slow down, reflect, analyse, blame ourselves, accept that sometimes we lose and even take away burdensome duties. To question our objectives and look for answers.
Continuing with the model we had proposed until then in our structure was irresponsible. And the answers would not appear on their own, they had to be sought.
Within this framework, a long task was planned, with concrete phases, articulated with each other and consecutive in time.
A research project was launched in November 2021 to find out the state of the artistic and cultural sector in the Basque Country, and it was carried out throughout 2022.
Many people have been involved in the work process, which has been an invaluable source of knowledge, and it is thanks to all of them that we can now share these results, which I sincerely hope will be useful and fruitful for the sector.
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Design: Estudio Moriskette
Exhibition curated by: Helga Massetani Piemonte
This exhibition is a slice of the industrial history of the territory. An attempt to highlight the trajectory, the effort, the innovation and creativity of several generations of families that, with a trajectory of more than 50 years, increase the industrial heritage of our context.
Industrial production has an important cultural value. Through the material produced, we are introduced into a story that tells us much more than the manufacture itself. It offers us a deeper reflection of interrelationships between various contexts such as geographical, historical, political and social.
And as the industrial sector has been the driving force of our society since the industrial revolution, they are constantly affecting each other. Wars, crises, different policies shape the trajectory of society, people and their life projects. The industries led by these people have constantly had to face adaptation, transformation and updating in order to reassert themselves.
Risk, necessity and effort are constants that they have had to deal with throughout their careers. The experience of these people, which has been passed down from generation to generation, is the advantage they count on to be the consolidated companies of today, because the key to a good project, a good idea or good management lies in the people.
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