Project exhibition: «Book No-Book», Roberto Aguirrezabala

On March 26, 2024, the URIBITARTE40 HAll of BilbaoArte opens the individual exhibition Book No-Book by Roberto Aguirrezabala.

Book No-Book is an exhibition by Roberto Aguirrezabala (Sestao, 1971), artist-in-residence at BilbaoArte in 2010 and 2015. The project brings together – in a single installation comprising over forty pieces – his most recent artistic creation around the underground resistance, using self-publishing of handmade manifestos as an evolutionary process. The exhibit features his most recent artist books, editorial texts that push their own limits, and intervened items and historical artefacts from the 20th-century resistance. The historical memory is the thread running through a clearly multidisciplinary work. Photography, sculpture, the installation, craft, critical thought and political action coexist to explore the social and identity conflicts of the individual.

EXHIBITION FACT SHEET

Title: Book No-Book.
Artist: Roberto Aguirrezabala (Sestao, 1971).
Venue: BilbaoArte Foundation, Sala URIBITARTE40 (Paseo de Uribitarte, 40).
Dates: 26 March 2024 – 21 April 2024

Opening hours: From Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sundays and holidays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Photograph belonging to the Samizdat series with the protagonists covering their faces with two of the pieces from the work Three Living Torches (2021) dedicated to the three activists who immolated themselves in January 1969 in protest against the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia.

Roberto Aguirrezabala (Sestao, 1971). Lives and works in Bilbao. Artist in residence at BilbaoArte in 2010 and 2015, Aguirrezabala graduated in Fine Arts, specialising in audiovisual and painting, from the University of the Basque Country (EHU-UPV) (1995). Interested in photography, he trained with the photographer Jesús López de Uribe between 1990 and 1992. In 1995, he studied for a Master’s Degree in New Technologies and Internet at the Tracor New Techologies Centre in Bilbao.  The Arteleku art centre is another of the cornerstones of his training, where he attended the sculpture workshop run by Txomin Badiola and Ángel Bados in 1994, and the Art and Electricity electronic art workshop run by the Rodriguez Foundation in 2000-01.

His accolades include different awards and grants, including the grant from the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sport (2023, 2022, 2021), from the Basque Government (2023-21, 2019-18, 2016), 3rd Prize at the Encontros da Imagen 2022 festival, Braga, Portugal, Photobook Award, Braga, Portugal (2023), Open Call of the PhotoBookWeek Festival, Aarhus, Denmark (2021), Montehermoso Award at the 2018 Viphoto Festival, First Prize at the V Ankaria Artist Book Award 2018. This solo shows include War Museum at the Montehermoso Cultural Centre, Vitoria-Gasteiz (2019), Entropy at the BilbaoArte Foundation, Bilbao (2016), Net.art 1998–2008. Huarte Contemporary Art Centre, Navarra.

His work is part of many private and public collections: MNCARS, Reina Sofia National Art Museum (Madrid), Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche Collection, San Telmo Museoa (Donostia-San Sebatián), De Pietri Artphilen Foundation (Lugano, Suiza), Ankaria Foundation, Bilbao Arte Foundation, Caja Madrid, MEIAC, Extramadura and Ibero-American Museum of Contemporary Art, Basque Goverment, Bizkaia provincial government, UPV-EHU inter alia.

www.robertoaguirrezabala.com

PROGRAMMES FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC

PRESENTATION AND OPEN SHOWCASE

26.03.2024
PRESENTATION AND OPEN SHOWCASE of the Book No-Book project with the artist Roberto Aguirrezabala
Time: 7.00 p.m.
Entrance free of charge subject to available seating

17.04.2024
GUIDED TOUR AND OPEN SHOWCASE. Aguirrezabala will present his work and project to the audience and there will be an open showcase in order to display and shed light on some of the artist books and special editions from throughout his career.

Time: 7.00 p.m.
Entrance free of charge subject to available seating

GUIDED TOURS

03.04.2024
GUIDED TOUR in BASQUE with simultaneous interpreting in Spanish sign language of Waving by the artist Marta Van Tartwijk (Barcelona, 1990) and Book No-Book by Roberto Aguirrezabala (Bilbao, 1971).
Time: 7.00 p.m.
Entrance free of charge subject to available seating

10.04.2024
GUIDED TOUR in SPANISH with simultaneous interpreting in Spanish sign language of Waving by the artist Marta Van Tartwijk (Barcelona, 1990) and Book No-Book by Roberto Aguirrezabala (Bilbao, 1971).
Time: 7.00 p.m.
Entrance free of charge subject to available seating