An anthological exhibition of the work of Itziar Ocariz, one of the most prominent Basque contemporary artists internationally, will open today at the CA2M art center located in Móstoles, Madrid.
Curated by Jesús Alcaide, it is one of the most exhaustive exhibitions of the New York-based artist to date.
The title "...una construcción, es decir, una jerarquía de momentos, expresiva de cierto concepto grande o pequeño, abstracto esotérico" is an extract from the writings of Cesare Pavese which already reveals a certain resistance to interpretation of the artist’s work.
Itziar Okariz’s practice is a confluence of actions and devices that expand and alter the territory of performance with a series of repetitions and differences ranging from the body to the voice, as well as interferences in public spaces and variations in language.
Okariz’s actions introduce displacements from the personal to the public, using strategies that revolve around a repeated yet different structure.
Deploying strategies that enable her to shift the boundaries around the body, Okariz reorganizes 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 voice and silence.
The exhibition at CA2M is the second chapter in a project begun at Kunsthausbaselland (Basel, Switzerland) and concluding at Tabakalera (San Sebastian), fostering a series of encounters and interferences among her work.