Irantzu Lekue presents Eraldaketa: SortzaileON afera to connect women with the basque language and contemporary art

  • Irantzu Lekue presents Eraldaketa: SortzaileON afera to connect women with the basque language and contemporary art

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The journalist Olatz Alonso and the film director Maider Oleaga worked together with Lekue in a process that aimed to repair the contemporary creations of women in the Basque country. 9 of the 14 participants were from Alava.

They organized different events and conferences in Araba with creators such as Zuriñe Hidalgo, Izaskun Urkijo, Ane Rodriguez Armendaritz, Blanka Gomez de Segura, Garazi Lopez de Armentia, Izar Mendiguren, Paula Amilburu or the vocalist of Huntza Josune Arakistain

GASTEIZ New project by the Alava artist Irantzu Lekue. Eraldaketa: SortzaileON afera was born to repair the artistic creation processes developed by women in the Basque country. “The main objective of the project is to make women artists visible, bring their creative processes closer to new audiences, address prejudices and reflect on the situation of women in the world of creation.” “Create a movement around the arts and unite different artistic expressions, which are happening around us, from the perspective of a creative woman, to contribute our grain of sand and make it centre stage.” Later, came the analysis, “after criticism and reflection,” the identity and difficulties that women encounter and have encountered throughout history as they immerse themselves in the artistic-creative world. “We will do it from the perspectives of different women creators from different fields, we will reflect on the creation, overcoming obstacles, processes and lines to follow to achieve real change.”

To do  this, the project was divided into three phases, according to the journalist Olatz Alonso, “firstly, we went from town to town and set up meetings with the local people. Then Irantzu began with the creative process, compiling a video art piece inspired by the information from the recordings. The climax being the exhibition we are preparing about the process”. A project whose goal is to place the woman in the centre, to make creative women visible, to decentralize culture, to take them to diverse populations of Araba. Eraldaketa: sortzaileON afera is one of those selected by the Gazte Sortzaileak program of the Provincial Council of Araba and the City Council of Vitoria – Gasteiz. A project which the journalist Olatz Alonso collaborated in and the filmmaker Maider Oleaga. 9 out of the 14 collaborators were from Alava.

As explained by Lekue, seven of the talks were public, the rest private interviews, and are reflected in the final creation. “this was carried out in towns of Araba like Oion, Maeztu, Izarra or Agurain and we are going to reflect on issues such as our way of life, experiences, objectives, projects, creations …” The Gasteiztarra artist stressed that each encounter was different “with Haizea Barcenilla, Irati Jimenez or with Josune Arakistain, unique experiences, and their testimonies very valid for the project. It highlights, for example, testimonies such as those of  the art critic and professor Haizea Barcenilla who in the interview affirms “there is no proportion between the creative women willing to be creative and those  dedicated  professionally to art ”or that “ the reality being that a young woman experiences a lack of authority in the artistic circuits ”. It also highlights concepts commented on by Huntza vocalist Josune Arakistain who said that “when you get on stage you have to put up with too many disrespectful comments directed at  women, that men do not hear” or that stresses that “to get to the same point as men, to enjoy the same respect and recognition, women artists have to do a lot more work”.

There are many creators who participated in this project. Visual, scenic, curators or cultural managers such as the vocalist of the group Hesian Zuriñe Hidalgo, the art director Izaskun Urkijo – who was immersed in the premiere of Errementari-, the director of Tabakalera Ane Rodriguez Armendaritz, the head of the Basque Museum of the Cerámica Blanka Gomez de Segura, the choreographer and promoter of the room Baratza Garazi Lopez de Armentia, the Bertsolaris Izar Mendiguren and Paula Amilburu the vocalist of the group Huntza Josune Arakistain, the curator and art critic Haizea Barcenilla, the writer Irati Jimenez, the dancer Yanela Murua, the plastic artist Miriam Isasi, the actress Belen Nevado or the filmmaker Maider Oleaga. “Leading women in their fields who reflect jointly and openly on the Basque country, contemporary Basque culture, the role of creators, new audiences or how to bring them together”


Olatz Alonso explains that “it is time to strengthen the commitment to bring culture and art to rural areas, and not everything concentrated in Vitoria – Gasteiz and that there is more to the villages than bread-making and fairs. We are committed to reflecting art and culture in public spaces, on the situation of creative women and by doing so in the Basque country moving towards a future that we would like to build culturally”. “That is why we will do it in a reflection phase from the Rioja Alavesa to Urkabustaiz,” she explains.

With all the material gathered, the artist Irantzu Lekue made an experimental video art piece, “a reflection in an artistic light”. Feelings and emotions will be extracted from the recordings and materialized through the fusion of images obtained through interventions in nature – in natural elements present in the Basque culture, such as wood, water or earth – in objects , in the use of re-edited pieces or through interpretations. A mixture of sounds, real and dreamlike images, photomontage, interviews, artistic objects, projections on an object and audio-visual installation.

With all this, the piece “a montage of stories that narrate in a non-linear way the journey and work of various creators, their lives and experiences, feelings and attitudes” will be published. The objective is to convey a message of self-improvement, networking, constancy and the need to make  art created by women visible, didactic, critical and artistic. All this, in an experimental light and with a vindictive nature.