Come and celebrate the opening of GRAW23 at our studio complex Ackersdijkstraat 20, on Friday the 15th of September 2023 between 17:00-21:00!

With concerts, performances, food and drinks, we kick off a festive weekend in which over 800 artists from Rotterdam will open their studios to the public. See the following link for the opening party program:

On the following days, Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th, we would also love to show you around in our newly renovated studio, and introduce you to "Das Russendenkmal" - a series of watercolor paintings created in the Swiss Alps this summer.

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We have been selected for an artists' residency in the Swiss Alps, at Kunstdepot Göschenen. The scenery is breathtaking, and we look forward to being inspired by this violent landscape. Thanks also to the Mondriaan Foundation, for making our stay possible!

During our residency at Kunstdepot Göschenen, we will be carrying out a study of what is locally known as "Das Russendenkmal" - an imposing sculpture hewn out of bare rock in the Schollenen Gorge, where in the 18th century Russian troops clashed with those of Napoleon over the narrow passage between North and South Europe. Our focus does not lie on this ancient history, but looks rather at how recent geopolitical events, such as the war in Ukraine, may influence the significance attributed to this large stone cross by visitors. What symbolical traces do these shifts in perspective leave behind?

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Together with students of the new Master in Practice and Theory in Contemporary Arts and Culture at the UPV/EHU and Azkuna Zentroa, we have worked on the contents of a Time Capsule that will remain sealed for a thousand years.

It contains artefacts of the present, selected by Xabier Barrutia Abalia, Miren Bayona, Ekain, Paula Cárcamo Carrera, Victor Díez Bildosola, Juanita Puñales, Sabin Fígaro, Koldo Gutiérrez, Edurne Iriondo Plaza, Arantzazu Luzarraga Iturrioz, Lucía Meyiro, Iñaki Olarra, Alfredo Olarra, Jesús Mª Platón Cabello, Manuela Varona, Kaizen Vegas and Juan Viedma Vega.

A detailed inventory of its contents has been created to leave a record of its existence outside the box. In this way, participants reflect on their role as authors in the transformation of cultural codes over time and on the relationship between object, image and text.

This inventory will be on display during Prototipoak, Biennial of New Artistic Forms in Azkuna Zentroa, after which the Time Capsule will be sealed and hidden in a niche of the atrium of the building.

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Reverse Archaelogy 43°15’35”N2°56’14.9”W is a Time Capsule that will be hermetically sealed as a testimony to the current ecological and historical moment. It contains a selection of objects gathered by students of the Master in Practice and Theory in Contemporary Arts and Culture at the UPV/EHU and Azkuna Zentroa. During a workshop of ten days, they reflected on their role as authors in the transformation of cultural codes over time and on the relationship between object, image and text.

A detailed inventory of their contributions will be exhibited in the Exhibition Hall of Azkuna Zentroa during Prototipoak, Biennial of New Artistic Forms. A printed catalogue will also be distributed, in order to leave a record of the Time Capsule's contents outside the box.

On the 2nd of June, the Time Capsule will be handed over to the care of Azkuna Zentroa, and placed into a niche of the central atrium, where it will remain hidden from sight and unopened for a thousand years.

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On March the 1st, at 19:00, we will present a personal journey through the collection of antique maps from the collection of the San Telmo Museum in San Sebastian, using the tools designed for Atlas of a Paper Empire, a project realised for Museo Bikoitza. This presentation will be streamed live at the Youtube Channel of the museum.

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Curators Kim Bouvy and Mariska van den Berg invited Iratxe to talk about the film Under the Wing for Radio Paleis Maashaven. Taking some audio fragments from the film as a starting point, we will converse about the translation between sound and image and radio as public space.

The live broadcast took place from the Sculpture Park at Art Rotterdam, and can be found now in Operator Radio or Spotify.

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EITB Kultura ha hecho un reportaje sobre 'Atlas de un Imperio de Papel' que realizamos para el programa Museo Bikoitza en el San Telmo Museoa de San Sebastián. Se puede ver aquí.

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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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