We are opening the doors to our studio again this weekend, during the "Groot Rotterdams Atelier Weekend 2022". Come and visit us and the other artists at the Ackersdijkstraat 20 studio complex.

24-25 September 2022 ~ 11h00-17h00 ~ free entrance

Ateliers Ackersdijkstraat
Ackersdijkstraat 20, 3037 VH, Rotterdam
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Atlas of a Paper Empire is a cartography of the San Telmo Museum in Donostia / San Sebastian through the old maps from its archive. After digitizing the documents, the artists Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum have created an algorithm that plots a random path across a world bound only by the limits of the museum’s own collection. In this way, Atlas of a Paper Empire reduces the world to the scale of the museum, directing the gaze from its building towards the city, the province, the state, the continent, until reaching the former colonies.

Atlas of a Paper Empire was produced for Museo Bikoitza (Double Museum), an annual program of rereadings of the San Telmo Museum collection and its narratives of display. The opening presentation is on the 28th of July 2022, at 11:00 a.m., with drinks at 12:00 in the museum patio. The installation will be on display for a whole year, after which it will form part of the museum's collection.

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For the project Atlas of a Paper Empire we have asked our friend, artist and bookbinder Nobuko Hayashi to produce a handbound volume that could function as a projection screen. Together with the experienced Henk Roest from Boekbinderij Roest, she has realized a tome of extraordinary dimensions. It measures 70cm by 100cm when opened, and counts 540 blank pages that have been sewn together by hand.

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The strict division between the categories of fine art and ethnography in museums of cultural heritage is a contentious topic. Any attempt to redress the balance between the two tends to meet with resistance, as soon as it challenges the core values and conventions from which museums derive their authority.

With Museo Bikoitza, however, the San Telmo Museum in Donostia / San Sebastian has generously opened up a pioneering space of experimentation between these categories, and granted a prominent role to artistic practices in the development of innovative approaches to its own ethnographic collection and narratives of display.

To do justice to the scope of this undertaking requires a certain cultural sensibility, and a capacity to look beyond the horizon of one’s own discipline. That is why, after careful deliberation, we are pleased to nominate Hinrich Sachs as our successor in the Museo Bikoitza project.

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In July 2021 we have been given a year to work in the archives of the San Telmo Museum in Donostia / San Sebastian, and to produce an artwork that is based on a rereading of its ethnographic collection and display narratives. It is a prestigious commission, in the framework of Museo Bikoitza, a programme initiated by the artist Asier Mendizabal, and which has invited artists such as Ibon Aranberri, Erlea Maneros and Jose Mari Zabala.

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Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum are presenting their installation False Flag in Brutus, the largest contemporary art exhibition and performance space in the Netherlands. Their work will be on display from 1 July to 31 July 2022, as part of the Wild Summer of Art, an enormous exhibition with selected young talent and established names with new work by a total of 180 artists.

The Dutch variant of the annual Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Wild Summer of Art offers an overview of the current state of affairs. Visitors can purchase the exhibited works directly from the artist. Depending on the results, Wild Summer of Art will become a recurring annual event similar to the Summer Exhibition at London's Royal Academy.

BRUTUS, the location of Wild Summer of Art is unique in its raw appearance. In this Artist Driven Playground, participants can go as big as they want. The composition of Wild Summer of Art is in the hands of a curatorial team led by Piet de Jonge (former curator of the Van Abbemuseum, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and Museum Kröller-Müller), Jessy Koeiman (curator Collective Learning, Art Institute Melly) and Liesbeth Bik (visual artist and curator). The curators were advised by twelve professional scouts, who suggested artists, which resulted in a broadly composed whole.

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For the second time Off Screen and CBK Rotterdam join forces. This time with extra attention for films that were made during the corona period with a PPR-contribution. Iratxe Jaio presents the movie she made in collaboration with her eleven-year-old son, who was unable to attend school for weeks due to the pandemic.

In the program: ‘An Unforeseen Encounter’ by Sarah Rose Guitian Nederlo, ‘el jardín de los espíritus’ by Lili Ullrich, ’Forces’ by Martha Hryniuk/Nick Thomas, ‘Under the Wing’ by Iratxe Jaio and ’I Declare a Thumb War’ by Ewan Macbeth.

The filmmakers will be interviewed by Ibrahim Alaouichrifi and Sven Peetoom. After the screening alderman Kasmi will be presented with the first copy of the PPR publication.

Date and time: wednesday 29 juni 2022, 20.00 – 22.00

Location: WORM, Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam

Tickets: €7,50 (free with Cineville-ticket) Buy your ticket here!

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Las películas Onder de Vleugel (Bajo el Ala) y Nire ama Roman hil da formarán parte de la Semana de Audiovisuales de Eibar 2022 organizada por Arrate Kultur Elkartea.

Cuándo: El 29 de junio 2022 a las 22:30

Dónde: Claustro de la Iglesia de San Andrés (Eibar)

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The point of departure for this work is ‘Le Drapeau Noir’ (Black Flag), a relatively unknown painting by the Belgian surrealist René Magritte, which the artists came across during their research on art related to the Spanish Civil War. Produced in 1937, the canvas is said to have been inspired by the bombing of Gernika. It features a number of futuristic airplanes ominously hanging above the horizon. Like props from a science fiction movie, they seem to foreshadow the drones and satellites that circle our planet today, pointing towards a fundamental aspect of this historical moment: the way technological progress in aviation would forever alter humankind’s relation to territory.

Jaio and van Gorkum have manufactured three-dimensional models of these airplanes.

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The Archaeological Museum of Bilbao and ANTespacio present “False Flag”, an exhibition with new work by the artists Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum.

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