How can the unofficial history of a forgotten slab of stone with the names of three Nazi soldiers help us rethink the role contemporary art practices can play in relation to contested heritage?

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Los artistas Iratxe Jaio y Klaas van Gorkum presentarán el libro “400m” en una conversación con el comisario David Armengol. Tendrá lugar el 4 de junio a las 18:30 en la Llibreria La Canibal de Barcelona.

400m es la distancia entre el museo de arqueología y el museo de arte contemporáneo de Vitoria-Gasteiz, en el País Vasco. Es también el título del libro de Jaio y van Gorkum sobre la polémica generada entorno al hallazgo arqueológico de los óstraca de Iruña-Veleia: cientos de fragmentos de cerámica romana inscritos con dibujos, textos en latín y lo que parecían ser las evidencias escritas en euskera más antiguas encontradas hasta el momento. Sin embargo, nada más hacerse público el hallazgo saltó controversia cuando una comisión de expertos puso en duda su autenticidad.

“400m” ofrece una reflexión sobre la cuestión más allá de la dicotomía entre falso-auténtico y partiendo de una aparentemente simple propuesta: la de exponer los contestados artefactos en un museo de arte contemporáneo.

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On the 14th of December we will present "400m" in PrintRoom, Rotterdam. The book provides artistic and sociological reflections on the relation between power and knowledge within the context of the controversy over an alleged forgery of Basque engravings in shards of Roman Era pottery.

It is a double presentation, with designer Richard Niessen who will present his book "The Palace of Typographic Masonry". We will start at 19:00. You are all invited!

"400m" was made thanks to Azala Kreazio Espazioa, Artium, Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Jan van Eyck Academie, NEARCH, CBK Rotterdam and Eremuak.

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At Tabakalera in San Sebastian we will talk about the adventures and misfortunes of a stone that once stood quietly and forgotten by the side of a lonely country road, and into which were carved the names of three German soldiers who belonged to the Luftwaffe's Condor Legion, famous for their mass terror bombing raids on the civilian population of Guernica and Durango.

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How do we determine what is a treasure or rubbish, what counts as archaeology or “just a shard”? Do we need a thousand years to pass, or can we create an archaeology of our own times at this very moment? And who gets to decide about the meaning of objects? These are only some possible questions raised by Waste of Time, an exhibition in Museum Het Valkhof in Nijmegen. In the framework of the "plugin-program" of the German Schloß Ringenberg, the young curators Thorsten Schneider and Adelheid Smit have invited a number of artists to uncover hidden traces of time. Taking the archaeological collection of Museum het Valkhof as a starting point, the artists Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum, Matthias Schamp and Domas van Wijk playfully question common views on both old and contemporary objects and the value we attribute to them.

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From 02/03/2018 to 26/08/2018

Our installation “Work in progress” is being acquired by the Museum Artium of Álava, Basque Country, and will be displayed in the exhibition "Artres. The museum as it should be".

Curated by: Daniel Castillejo

Artists: Ángeles Agrela, Elena Aitzkoa, Juncal Ballestín, Zigor Barayazarra, Cabello/Carceller, June Crespo, María Luisa Fernández, Miriam Isasi, Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum, Concha Jerez, Aníbal López, Liliana Porter, Mabi Revuelta, María Ribot, Ixone Sádaba, Montserrat Soto, Eulalia Valldosera.

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400m Booklaunch at Anti Liburudenda and exhibition opening at Galeria La Taller

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Solo exhibition Gallery Joey Ramone,
Josephstraat 166 - 168
3014 TX, Rotterdam

28 October – 2 December
Opening Saturday at 17:00 - 20:00

For their second solo-exhibition at Gallery Joey Ramone, the artist duo Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum will present two works exploring the nature of authorship and appropriation: Naturaleza Muerta con Recipientes (Still Life with Recipients), and Libro de los Plagios (The Book of Plagiarism).

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On Saturday October the 14th 2017, at 12:00, the artists Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum are organising a round-table discussion at the Conde Duque Cultural Center in Madrid, with archaeologists, anthropologists, historians and journalists, about the problems caused by the lack of a common historical narrative on the Spanish Civil War and Franco's dictatorship.

The discussion will revolve around a specific case study: the procedures that are applied to the remains of 13 anonymous soldiers from the Spanish Civil War, encountered during archaeological excavations in Guadalajara between 2012 and 2013.

Should they be buried in individual and distinct graves? What epitaph should be applied to the unidentified remains? What kind of ceremony would be appropriate, today? By sharing these questions with the public, the artists hope to trigger a necessary debate on the place of this part of history in a democratic and contemporary society.

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On the ostraca of Iruña-Veleia, and the path that leads from archaeology to contemporary art.

400m is the distance between the museum of archaeology and the museum of contemporary art in Vitoria-Gasteiz, in Basque Country. It is also the title of our new book on the controversy surrounding the archaeological discovery of the "ostraca" from Iruña-Veleia: Roman potsherds with engravings of images, texts in Latin and what appeared to be the earliest written manifestation of the Basque language, which were deemed a forgery by a select commission of academic experts.

The book will be presented for the first time at the exhibition "The Materiality of the Invisible" in the Van Eyck Academy, and will be for sale during the annual convention of the European Association of Archaeologists taking place in Maastricht from 30 August to 3 September.

With texts by Iñaki Martínez de Albéniz, Harkaitz Cano, Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum.

Printed with a mimeograph at the Charles Nypels Lab in the Van Eyck Multiform institute for fine art, design and reflection.

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