Tabakalera and San Sebastian 2016 initiate a project to reflect on the notion of the ‘border’
Mugak/Fronteras gets under way, a project from Maite Garbayo within the 2017 artistic research residency programme run by Tabakalera and San Sebastian 2016, European Capital of Culture.
- The project will be complemented by a parallel programme of activities including seminars, artistic interventions and excursions to the Pyrenees border zone.
- An intervention from artist Amaia Molinet will launch the programme tomorrow, April 11th.
The public programme of Mugak/Fronteras kicks off. Directed by researcher Maite Garbayo Maeztu as part of the 2017 artistic research residency programme run by Tabakalera and DSS2016EU, the initiative supports research processes in projects that integrate local people with contemporary artistic practices.
The public programme will unfurl throughout 2017 with Garbayo carrying out several residencies in Tabakalera. The first of these will take place during the first fortnight of April, and she will return during summer and winter.
A programme that draws on border thinking
Throughout 2017, Garbayo Maeztu will use Mugak/Fronteras to rethink the notion of the border through art, writing and certain manifestations of visual and popular culture from border contexts, mainly but not exclusively against a Basque backdrop.
The project approaches the concept of the border and the reality of the border in the greater Basque Country region through ‘border thinking’ — edge-based knowledge which allows us to reflect on identities and the dialogue and transit arising between them.
It considers the border beyond its geopolitical nature: as a dissident place which resists essentialisms and territorial, identity or disciplinary hierarchies; the border as a gap and as a bridge, within our context marking, crossing and going beyond what is Basque to reflect on possible notions of identity and space; approaching the border through its polyphony (its three languages), and thinking about our presence there not from a place of objection but in terms of translation.
Garbayo will follow three interrelated lines of work to address the border concept in her research: Border Epistemology for Considering Identity; Muga vs Border: popular culture and performativity; and Artistic Practices on/from/about the Border.
Launch of activity programme with an intervention from Amaia Molinet
The Mugak/Fronteras research process will be complemented by a parallel programme of activities including seminars, artistic interventions and excursions to the Pyrenees border zone.
The programme will kick off with interventions from artists Amaia Molinet and Taxio Ardanaz, on April 11th and June 17th respectively, both in Tabakalera.
The first takes place on April 11th, at 19:00, in Tabakalera's Artist's Space. Amaia Molinet presents three projects which address the notion of the border based on its political, cultural and physical elements. The artist will explore the reality of territories in Europe, the Sahara and Iceland before working on home ground to show the photographic nature of her usual artistic work.