Project showcase: «Book No-Book», Roberto Aguirrezabala at URIBITARTE40

On March 26, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. the BilbaoArte’s URIBITARTE40 Hall presents the Book No-Book project with the latest works by the artist Roberto Aguirrezabala (Bilbao, 1971), a regular user of the centre. Additionally, on April 17, at 7:00 p.m., the artist will give a guided tour in which he will open the display cases to the public, allowing a closer look at the pieces.

The exhibition can be seen 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., and on Sundays and holidays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. until April 21. Free entrance.

THE EXHIBITION: BOOK NO-BOOK

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.

THE ARTIST: ROBERTO AGUIRREZABALA

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

Hidden Book (2023). Courtesy of the artist.

Samizdat (2022). Courtesy of the artist.

Two Thousand Words (2021). Courtesy of the artist.