Contexts from a Collection. Nadia Barkate

Sin título, 2019. Nadia Barkate Image: 'Tuya gigante, tuya occidental', 2019. Nadia Barkate

From: Saturday, 29 May 2021

To: Sunday, 05 September 2021

Nadia Barkate’s work refers to the space-time of drawing and its inertias. It also refers to the flow between technique and desire, the imprint that experience leaves on the body and notions of identity, interiority and otherness, among other things. There is a certain narrative will that links the everyday, the manual and the word in her practice. She deals with traditional gestures and techniques that go beyond the edges and lose form or sharpness, lucidity or hallucination.

Tuya gigante, tuya occidental belongs to a group of small and large format watercolours that Barkate produced throughout 2018. They emerged, according to the artist, from moments of self-absorption in her studio in which she became aware of the gestures she would make with her hands while she was concentrating.

Nadia Barkate has recently had exhibitions in venues such as Okela (Bilbao), Galería MPA (Madrid), Galleria Nappa and Studio Mustanapa, (Rovaniemi, 2021), Lìtost Gallery (Prague, 2020),  Bombón Projects (Barcelona, 2019), Westfälischer Kunstverein (Münster, 2019), Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao (2018), Tabakalera (San Sebastián, 2018), Ethall (Barcelona, 2018), Alhóndiga (Bilbao, 2018), Carreras Múgica (Bilbao, 2015), Altes Finanzamt (Berlin, 2015), Espai 01 (Olot, 2012) and Montehermoso (Vitoria-Gasteiz, 2010), among others.

Works in exhibition  Publication   

Contexts from a Collection is a series of exhibitions that aims to showcase the works of artists that have recently been added to the Collection. The activity joins other initiatives whose purpose is to raise awareness of the Artium Museum Collection, an exceptional contemporary public collection comprising almost 2,400 works of art. Within this context, the incorporation of pieces, documents and archives into the museum’s collection of works helps to explore and recount the debates and practices currently taking place in the field of art. This is undoubtedly one of the museum’s most important functions: to encourage the production of contemporary legacy and to foster artists and their productions. Artium’s programme of new acquisitions helps achieve this goal and is also an essential tool for keeping a finger on the pulse of a moment characterised by its vitality and complexity. We hope that this new initiative will function as a meeting point between audiences and artistic practices from which to develop new strategies for seeing and trying to understand our present.

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