Everything Near Me. Laida Lertxundi with Ren Ebel. Z Gallery

Everything Near Me. Laida Lertxundi with Ren Ebel. Z Gallery [Still form 'In a Nearby Field' (2023), by Laida Lertxundi and Ren Ebel

From: Saturday, 24 June 2023

To: Sunday, 24 September 2023

Place: Z Gallery

Everything Near Me is a film installation comprising two chapters. The first explores a variety of affective landscapes that are also related to specific socio-political contexts, those of the Basque Country and California. The second, filmed over two years in the Basque Country, combines everyday scenes with lush landscapes, fleeting moments that shape and sustain life.

Laida Lertxundi is an artist and filmmaker, combining conceptual rigor with sensual pleasure in a process she calls Landscape Plus, her films establish parallels between landscape and the body as centers of pleasure and experience. Her work has been shown at High Line Art, New York (2023), Whitney Biennial, New York, (2012), Hammer Museum (2016), LIAF Biennial (2013), Biennale de Lyon (2013), Frieze Projects New York (2014), MoMA, New York (2022, 2017), y Tate Modern, London (2016) among others. Pedagogy is central to her practice, and she currently teaches at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Lyon.

Ren Ebel is an artist and writer from California. He works in a range of media including video, sound, text and drawing. He received his BFA in film and video art from the University of California, San Diego, and his MFA in studio practice from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California. His art has been shown at Gattopardo Gallery in Los Angeles, the Now Instant Image Hall in Los Angeles, the Spectacle Theater in New York and Azkuna Zentroa in Bilbao, Spain. His writing has appeared in a variety of international publications including Artforum, Mousse, X-TRA and Frieze

This exhibition is organised with the collaboration of MONDRAGON.

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The Z Gallery is a space that explores new ways of associating film with art. It is neither a film season in a cinema nor a typical exhibition. It is a project that constructs a third space in the museum from which to visualise and analyse works by artists approaching the cinematographic field and filmmakers exploring the exhibition format. It is a programme that was created to think about the moving image in the museum, introducing authors seeking new narrative forms by questioning the conventions, genres and categorisations that have historically defined cinematographic language.

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