CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo

Itziar Okariz

27 Oct 2017 - 21 Jan 2018

27 October 2017 – 21 January 2018

Curated by Jesús Alcaide

Itziar Okariz’s practice is predicated on the confluence of actions and devices that expand the territory of performance and alter signs by means of a series of repetitions and differences that range from the body to the voice, as well as interferences in the public space and variations in language.

The show being presented here at CA2M is the second chapter in a project begun at Kunsthausbaselland (Basel) and concluding at Tabakalera (San Sebastian), fostering a whole series of encounters and interferences between her works.

Okariz’s actions propose a number of displacements encompassing the personal and the public, by means of strategies that revolve around a structure, repeating it with differences.

Deploying strategies that enable her to shift the boundaries around the body, Okariz reorganises the notion of performance based on actions and events that problematize the very statute of the self in order to operate within new contexts in which the structures of language are shaped by the voice and silence.

So, for instance, in works like Mear en espacios públicos (2000-2004), Irrintxi (2006-2007), Diario de sueños (2016) and Videonotes (2017), what this exhibition wishes to do is to outline the core axes around which the artist’s practice revolves, proffering a walkthrough that alters and complicates the construction of her imaginary.

Itziar Okariz (San Sebastian, 1965). Her actions have coloured the public debate by bringing into question rules pertaining to language and the production of signs that define us as subjects. Among her recent one-person projects are Kunsthausbaselland and Ars Parcours, Basel, Switzerland; Oscuros como de noche, Carreras Mugica, Bilbao (2017); Septiembre, etHall, Barcelona (2016); 51 sueños, entre el dos de octubre y el veintiuno de noviembre, Galería Moises Perez de Albeniz, Madrid (2015); Casa Galería, Mexico City; Caja Negra/Cubo Blanco, CA2M, Madrid (2014); II. Secció Irregular, Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona (2013); MUSAC, León (2013); Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2008); The Singel, Antwerp (2007); Talent, Vita Kuben, Umea, Sweden (2007); and If I Can't Dance..., Utrecht (2007). She has also taken part at Contornos de lo audiovisual: Puntos para un movimiento que rodea, Tabakalera, Donostia (2016); Take You There Radio, École du Magasin, Grenoble (2015); Punk. Sus rastros en el arte contemporáneo, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico and CA2M, Mostoles, Madrid (2016); Temporary Gallery, for the 56th Venice Biennale (2016); Secret Codes, Luisa Strina Gallery, Brazil; and Re.Act.Feminism #2, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Fundación Tapies, Barcelona.

Tags: Itziar Okariz, Antoni Tàpies