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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21 april – 17 juni 2018
Museum Het Valkhof, Kelfkensbos 59, 6511 TB Nijmegen NL
Opening: zaterdag  21.4.2017, 15:30
Openingstijden: Di - Zo, 11:00 - 17:00

Hoe bepaal je wat een schat is of een prul? Wat telt als archeologie en wat als gewoon een scherf? Moet er duizend jaar verstrijken, of kun je ook archeoloog zijn van je eigen tijd? En wie bepaalt dat eigenlijk? Deze en meer vragen zijn uitgangspunt voor de presentatie Weggegooide tijd, een tentoonstelling in de patio van Museum Het Valkhof. In het kader van het plugin-programma in het Duitse Schloß Ringenberg hebben de jonge curatoren Thorsten Schneider en Adelheid Smit een aantal kunstenaars uitgenodigd op zoek te gaan naar verborgen sporen van de tijd. Iratxe Jaio en Klaas van Gorkum, Matthias Schamp en Domas van Wijk nemen de archeologische verzameling van Museum Het Valkhof als uitgangspunt om op speelse wijze uit te zoeken hoe we tegen oude en nieuwe voorwerpen aankijken en hoe we de betekenis van deze objecten bepalen.

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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 tentoonstelling Gallery Joey Ramone,
Josephstraat 166 - 168
3014 TX, Rotterdam

28 October – 9 December
Opening zaterdag om 17:00 - 20:00

In hun tweede solo-tentoonstelling in Galerie Joey Ramone, tonen de kunstenaars Iratxe Jaio en Klaas van Gorkum twee werken die de aard van het auteurschap en toe-eigening bevragen: Naturaleza Muerta con Recipientes (Stilleven met serviesgoed), en Libro de los Plagios (Het Boek der Plagiaat).

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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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In september we will be participating in the Entre Nous Basiskamp, an investigative project related to the welfare state. A military style camp will be the setting for a number of activities, debates and presentations tackling subjects such as democracy, labour, education, poverty and (health) care. Several artists have been selected from each province, to live and work for one month in and from the camp.

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The Materiality of the Invisible opens on the 29th of August in Maastricht, at the Van Eyck, Marres and Bureau Europa. The exhibition approaches contemporary art as a form of archaeology. New and strange worlds are uncovered, exposing current and social political realities. The artists' discoveries, narratives, and installations propose speculative pasts and futures. The combined exhibitions offer insights into our existence and make visible what inhabits the imagination.

We will be showing new work, The Stick and the Stone, as well as Nire ama Roman hil da, of which the video is now subtitled into English. Accompanying this installation is a new publication, 400m, which has been printed at the Charles Nypels Lab at the Van Eyck.

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