Sala Rekalde

Nora Aurrekoetxea & Laura Ruiz

A Strong Need For Security And A Sense Of Belonging

03 May - 25 Jun 2017

A Strong Need For Security And A Sense Of Belonging
3 May - 25 June 2017

From 3 May to 25 June the Gabinete Abstracto venue at the Sala Rekalde gallery is to host the exhibition A strong need for security and a sense of belonging by Laura Ruiz and Nora Aurrekoetxea, two Bilbao-born artists who have worked under the Barriek programme of grants for creative artists offered by the Provincial Council of Bizkaia.

Stability structure and support, a strong need for security and a sense of belonging is the full title of the project carried out during their period as resident artists at the Y-Residency in Athens. The works on show at the Sala Rekalde form part of their look back at their work there, with audiovisual material and documentation accumulated for their site-specific project in Athens. With hindsight and the perspective that enables artists to select the object of their interest, the exhibition is set up as an installation where video, images, sculpture and objects establish connections that range from the intimate to the experiential, in the cultural context in which they bare presented. Elements such as plastic, scaffolding on buildings, found objects and everyday gestures serve to articulate an account that runs through the documentary format and establishes a cross-sectoral vision in which the structural elements that surround the exhibition space per se take on great importance.

Nora Aurrekoetxea (1989, Bilbao) and Laura Ruiz (1989, Bilbao) both hold degrees in Fine Arts from the University of the Basque Country, and have been working together since 2010. They are interested in biographical issues in the structures of meaning created in socio-political contexts, and use sculpture to work on processes of change in their immediate surroundings.

Laura is currently studying for a master’s degree in Art Education Teacher Training and Nora is working on culture management and curating projects as a founder member of Okela. Their individual exhibitions include Katalepsis at Fundación BilbaoArte (2016) and Malevich-en Herria at Sanz Enea, Zarautz (2015). They have received grants including production grants from Fundación Bilbaoarte (2015) the Daniel Txopitea grant (2015) and grants for creative artists from the Provincial Council of Bizkaia (2016), and have spent time at Fundación Bilbaoarte (2015) and at the Y-Residency in Athens (2016).

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