Edited on the occasion of the exhibition Clamor, which has held in Artium Museoa, Vitoria-Gasteiz, from July 22 to Septiember 18 2022, inside Z Gallery programme.

Text: Andrea Cinel.

 

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July 22, 12 pm
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On the occasion of the inauguration of the exhibition Clamor by Edurne Rubio, framed in the Sala Z program, the author will present the film that gives its name to the exhibition.

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Edited on the occasion of the exhibition Fluid Frontiers, which has held in Artium Museoa, Vitoria-Gasteiz, from June 4 to July 17 2022, inside Z Gallery programme.

Text: Greg de Cuir Jr.

 

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Edited on the occasion of the exhibition Gold. Fundir y parar, which has held in Artium Museoa, Vitoria-Gasteiz, from April 8 to May 29 2022, inside Z Gallery programme.

Texts: David Bestué, Ainara Elgoibar.

 

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Empowering Acts: A Brief Reflection on Fluid Frontiers

Liberation is a hard thing to pin down. It is highly elusive. It often operates under the cover of darkness, sometimes only leaving a subtle trace of its existence – moving from one location to another through hushed tones and clandestine movements – evading surveillance at every turn, waiting for just the right moment when individual whispers are ripe enough to be transformed into a collective shout.

In Ephraim Asili’s Fluid Frontiers, the fifth and final film in his remarkable series entitled The Diaspora Suite – a project that saw Asili journey to Ethiopia, Brazil, Ghana, Jamaica and the United States in search of unifying markers of connection between African descendant people, poems take a back seat to the people who activate, process and reimagine them.

Asili documents Detroit/Windsor natives as they read passages aloud from books published by Broadside Press, an independent Detroit-based publishing company founded by Dudley Randall in 1965. Featured books include works by artists such as Audre Lorde, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Margaret Walker, Don L. Lee, Etheridge Knight and Dudley Randall. What is most striking about the encounter is the self-reflective quality of the readers, who often pause at irregular breaks in the poem to reflect on what they are reading. And if you pay close attention, you can actually see their eyes processing the information.

At different points in Fluid Frontiers, Asili shifts away from this encounter and focuses on the local environment. Coupled with images of stillness, we hear the voice of poet Margaret Walker reciting “Harriet Tubman”, bringing the Black Arts Movement in direct contact with The Underground Railroad. Then Asili cuts back to Black Detroit/Windsor natives reading poems in the streets, whose active presence supplies the words with the empowering acts that they need in order to come into being. In this moment, the presentness of the past is undeniable and liberation, much like the poems without the readers, feels unfinished. Perhaps that is the point.

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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. Curator: Garbiñe Ortega

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Ainara Elgoibar’s installations, texts and films explore her interest in industrial activity in both productive and leisure environments. The factory, the engine, glass, music and entertainment are recurring themes in her work. The two audiovisual works on display in this room belong to the same research related to the production of Gold 20, a gold-coloured architectural glass that is produced by depositing a thin composition of metallic layers on one side of transparent glass sheets.

In addition to these films, the exhibition includes a final model – following others previously made by the artist of buildings that either used or contemplated using Gold 20 in their construction. The model in question is the upper cone of the Intempo tower in Benidorm. The Gold 20 piece featured in Glas Marte Cut was cast in order to produce this small-scale model.

Gold 20. 2014. HD video. 16 min 49 s
Gold 20 portrays the production process of this glass. Its aim is twofold: on the one hand, to gauge the danger with which this video record is perceived in the plant and, on the other hand, to explore the limits of video in order to represent this industrial process.

Glas Marte Cut. 2016. HD video. 18 min 5 s
Glas Marte Cut follows the process of reproducing a small piece of Gold 20 glass at Glas Marte Gmbh (Austria), a company dedicated to the production of large architectural elements. The commission was an excuse to film the company’s production activity, an exceptional exercise per se, but also because of the tiny scale of the piece.

Image: still from Gold 20. Ainara Elgoibar 2014

 

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The Z Gallery (Z for zinema, cinema in Basque) programme is neither a season of films nor an exhibition. It is a project that constructs an intermediate space from which to reflect on and draw attention to works by artists making the leap into the cinematographic field as well as filmmakers exploring the exhibition format. It is a programme arising from the determined gesture of thinking about the moving image in the museum. A programme that aims to bring to the public authors interested in searching for new narrative forms by questioning the genres that historically categorise cinematographic language.

Curator: Garbiñe Ortega

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Edited on the occasion of the exhibition Aura Satz. She Recalibrates at Artium Museum, inside Z Gallery programme.

Texts: Jo Hutton, Xabier Erkizia

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Edited on the occasion of the exhibition Éric Baudelaire. Un Film Dramatique at Artium Museum, inside Z Gallery programme.

Text: Patrick Holzapfel

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The film is the result of a four-year project by Baudelaire with a group of students from the Dora Maar school in Paris. “It is not a film about the children, it is a film by the children” that captures the moments when these teenagers begin to become aware of their surroundings and adopt critical and political stances.

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Edited on the ocassion of the presentation of the pieces Vivian's Garden and Part One: Where There Is a Joyous Mood, There a Comrade Will Appear to Share a Glass of Wine by Rosalind Nashashib, inside Z Gallery programme.

Text: Francisco Salas.

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