Mugak / Fronteras. Prentsaurrekoa = Mugak / Fronteras. Rueda de prensa
Mugak/Fronteras, a project from Maite Garbayo within the 2017 artistic research residency programme run by Tabakalera and San Sebastian 2016, European Capital of Culture. The project was complemented by a parallel programme of activities including seminars, artistic interventions and excursions to the Pyrenees border zone. An intervention from artist Amaia Molinet had launch the programme on April 11th. The public programme of Mugak/Fronteras kicked off. Directed by researcher Maite Garbayo Maeztu as part of the 2017 artistic research residency programme run by Tabakalera and DSS2016EU, the initiative supports research processes in projects that integrate local people with contemporary artistic practices. The public programme was unfurl throughout 2017 with Garbayo carrying out several residencies in Tabakalera. The first of these took place during the first fortnight of April, and she returned during summer and winter. A programme that draws on border thinking Throughout 2017, Garbayo Maeztu used Mugak/Fronteras to rethink the notion of the border through art, writing and certain manifestations of visual and popular culture from border contexts, mainly but not exclusively against a Basque backdrop. It considers the border beyond its geopolitical nature: as a dissident place which resists essentialisms and territorial, identity or disciplinary hierarchies; the border as a gap and as a bridge, within our context marking, crossing and going beyond what is Basque to reflect on possible notions of identity and space; approaching the border through its polyphony (its three languages), and thinking about our presence there not from a place of objection but in terms of translation. Garbayo followed three interrelated lines of work to address the border concept in her research: Border Epistemology for Considering Identity; Muga vs Border: popular culture and performativity; and Artistic Practices on/from/about the Border. Launch of activity programme with an intervention from Amaia Molinet The Mugak/Fronteras research process was complemented by a parallel programme of activities including seminars, artistic interventions and excursions to the Pyrenees border zone. The programme kicked off with interventions from artists Amaia Molinet and Taxio Ardanaz, on April 11th and June 17th respectively, both in Tabakalera. The first took place on April 11th at 19:00, in Tabakalera's Artist's Space. Amaia Molinet had presented three projects which address the notion of the border based on its political, cultural and physical elements. The artist had explored the reality of territories in Europe, the Sahara and Iceland before working on home ground to show the photographic nature of her usual artistic work.