Exhibition: «Waving» by Marta Van Tartwijk at URIBITARTE40

On March 22, 2024, the URIBITARTE40 Hall opened the doors to its second individual exhibition with the work of Marta van Tartwijk, a grant holder at the production center in 2019 and 2023, titled “Waving”. Until April 21st.

Waving is the latest artistic project of the Catalan artist Marta van Tartwijk, resident at BilbaoArte in 2019 and 2023, and designed especially for the BilbaoArte Foundation municipal URIBITARTE40 Hall. The exhibition is based on her work during her residency; it features a series of items straddling drawing, audiovisual, sound and sculpture.  

The exhibition title plays with the nonexistence of a term in both Spanish or Basque that captures the double meaning contained in the English word.  “Waving” is the gerund of “wave” in the sense of moving to and fro like a “wave”, a mass of water curling and advancing towards the shore, the propagation of a fluctuation in space.  Yet “to wave” is also the action of moving your hand as a greeting.  This word forges together a continuous repetitive movement in the landscape and in the body, thus generating a coherence between both.  

This game of mirrors and repetitions between milieu and body act as the overarching thread running through the artist’s different works in the room:  I-II-III-IIII and Hand Movie, two sculpture installations produced by the artist during her BilbaoArte residency in 2023; Es la imagen de un rio [It is the Image of the River],  produced specifically for the large windows of the exhibition hall and using aluminum sheets embossed with drawings made using photographs of the vegetation along the Bilbao river estuary, which were taken by the artist on her walks  there in the last year; and the Waving installation,  the focal point of the project consisting of two audiovisual projections and a sound installation that combine and confront the performance action that documents the movement of four bodies  (Jara Roset, Katixa Goldarazena Azpirotz, Blanca Niemietz, and Marta van Tartwijk); a second video of plants recorded in the dark where the bodies move against the plant landscape that randomly vibrates in the wind and creates plant prints; and an installation with loudspeakers and microphones that generate live sound. 

The exhibition is constructed as a type of container architecture where a single liquid is poured and which takes on different shapes, depths and opacities.  Thus, the works interrelate in the same way as tributaries of a same river, constructing together a landscape that unites concerns regarding representation, language, materiality and gestures. 


Title: Waving.
Artist: Marta van Tartwijk (Barcelona, 1990).
Venue: URIBITARTE40 Hall (Paseo de Uribitarte, 40. 48009 Bilbao).
Dates: March 22, 2024 – April 21, 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. Mondays closed.

Frame of Waving (2024). Courtesy of the artist

In her practice Marta van Tartwijk (Barcelona, 1990) explores how the image can access personal experience, operate as a hinge that articulates time, context and subjective experiences, experimenting with the body and language. She has a degree in art from the UCM, and she completed her training at ESAB (France), at the University of Barcelona, A*Desk and the Francisco Alcántara Ceramic School. She has held various exhibitions in institutions such as INJUVE, TEA, La Capella, Sala de Arte Joven, Fabra i Coats, Sant Andreu Contemporani or Matadero among others. She has held residencies in Bilbaoarte, Dos Mares and Tabakalera. She has also been a finalist for the Getxoarte or Miquel Casablancas Prize and has been awarded in Plastic Arts Circuts.



Opening of doors and public presentation

Date: 22.03.2024, Friday
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Free entrance

Guided tour with the artist

Date: 23.03.2024, Saturday
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Free entrance


Guided visits for the general public in Spanish and Basque, accessible for the hearing impaired. Guided visit simultaneously in Spanish sign language and spoken.

Dates: Wednesday, April 3 (Basque), April 10 (Spanish)
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Free entrance


Cómo si me dirigiera a ti [As if I am Addressing You] (2024)
Jara Roset & Marta Van Tartwijk

Date: 12.04.2023, Thursday
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Free entrance