Thursday, 21 July 2022 10:23

Artium Museoa presents the exhibition 'Clamor' by Edurne Rubio as part of its Z Gallery programme

Rubio’s latest film, Clamor [Moan], explores the subject of death according to the burial sites of the “rejected”: suicides, reprisal victims, atheists... Edurne Rubio is a visual artist whose practice extends to performances, films, sound projects and public space interventions. The exhibition also includes archive images and texts connected to some of the sites appearing in the film.

Artium Museoa, Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basque Country presents the project Clamor by the artist Edurne Rubio (Z Gallery, until 18 September 2022). The museum is hosting the screening of Rubio’s latest film, in which the artist addresses the issue of death by visiting burial sites located outside the urban fabric of cities and towns, away from Catholic cemeteries, where the remains of anonymous people, atheists, suicides or reprisal victims were laid to rest. The exhibition also includes a selection of documentary photographs and texts related to some of these sites. The Clamor project has been produced in collaboration with Mondragon and the programme’s current season is curated by Garbiñe Ortega. Artium Museoa has produced a publication to accompany the exhibition with a text by the art curator Andrea Cinel.

Suicides and babies who died before being baptised were until quite recently not admitted to Catholic cemeteries. Desperate relatives sought a dignified place for their bodies. Burial sites that shared hill and wind with executed people, atheists, passers-by, Protestants... improvised graves that resembled older necropolises, when the city did not exist. The bells never rang for these “others” and yet, outside the cemetery, outside the institution, death is transformed into a landscape.

Clamor, the new film by Edurne Rubio (Burgos, 1974), visits some of these burial sites on the outskirts of her hometown, where “the apostates, the renegades or the forgotten have found […] a resting place”. As Andrea Cinel indicates in his text for the exhibition at Artium Museoa: “Built by the rejected for the rejected, these places are the refuge of the mourners, places in which to pay homage to those who are no longer there by cultivating their memory and presence, places where those who remain can take care of themselves. […] What is striking about these places is the obstinate grace of the minimal architectural gesture, their geometric and respectful marks imposed on the ground, their beauty that speaks for itself and transcends time”.

In addition to the screening of the film, the Clamor project presents seven photographs of some of the places visited by Edurne Rubio alongside brief accounts of the history of each of these sites: the other cemetery for Protestants and passers-by in Mozoncillo de Juarros, the burial site of three young men executed in Orbaneja del Castillo at the beginning of the Civil War, the Iron Age necropolis in Merindad del Rio Ubierna, the mass grave in Estepar, the cemetery for atheists and the unbaptised in Villaespasa…

Edurne Rubio
Visual artist living and working in Brussels. Her work alternates between various contexts and formats: performances, films, sound projects and interventions in public spaces. Edurne Rubio creates situations that generate tension between what we see and what we hear, constantly shifting between the present, memory and imagination. Working in a similar manner to anthropology, she constructs collective narratives from individual stories, suggesting a subjective reading of History that is constantly changing and relies on the affections.

Her work has been shown in many theatres throughout Europe, as well as in international documentary festivals. In 2021, her work was shown at the 34th São Paulo Biennial and she created a new show in collaboration with the artist María Jerez that premiered at the Kaaitheater in Brussels.

Z Gallery
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.

Authors who have participated in the program include Patricia Esquivias, Rosalind Nashashibi, Eric Baudelaire, and Maddi Barber and Marina Lameiro, and more recently Ainara Elgoibar, Aura Satz, and Ephraim Asili.

Image: Frame of Clamor (2022). Edurne Rubio

Edurne Rubio. Clamor
Z Gallery, from july 22 to september 18, 2022
Publication, with text by Andrea Cinel
Z Gallery programme’s current season is curated by Garbiñe Ortega
This Project has been produced in collaboration with Mondragon

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