ITZIAR OKARIZ

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Itziar Okariz (esp)

Itziar Okariz, es una artista afincada en Bilbao. Trabaja en el marco de la acción y la performance, poniendo en cuestión las formas de regular el lenguaje y la producción de signos que nos definen. Su obra –performances vocales, actos instantáneos, videos, instalaciones y piezas de texto– examina los vínculos entre arquitectura, territorio, cuerpo, ritual, sexualidad y semiótica. Está menudo asociada con las prácticas feministas, el punk-rock y la crítica queer de las construcciones normativas de género. Entre sus últimos  proyectos se encuentran (selección):  Unquiet Objects, Disjecta, Portland; Respiración Oceánica en La Noche de las Ideas, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Las Estatuas, Fundación Oteiza, Alzuza; Bodies of Water, 13th Shanghai Bienale, Shanghai; Perforado por; Pabellón de España de la 58 Bienal de Venecia, junto a Sergio Prego (2019); Footnote to a Footnote. Academia Española, Roma; I Never Said Umbrella, Tabakalera, San Sebastián (2018); Una construcción… CA2M, Madrid (2018); Ideorritmias, MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona (2017); Itziar Okariz, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basilea (2017); Dream Diary, Ars Parcours, Basilea (2017).

 

Itziar Okariz (San Sebastián, April 21, 1965) is a Spanish artist who currently lives in Bilbao.
She studied sculpture and painting at the University of the Basque Country and graduated in 1990.
Her work uses both photographs and video installations and performance, drawing inspiration from the forms of International Situationism. Her work has often been characterized by the production of actions that question norms around language and the production of the signs that define us as subjects. Although she defines herself as a “feminist citizen”, she is often defined as a feminist artist even though she disagrees with the label.
In 2018, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Spanish Constitution, her video Irrintz. Repetition 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96 (2001-2002) was selected among the works from the Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofía to be represented in the exhibition The Power of Art, located in the buildings of the Congress of the Deputies and the Senate.
In 1993 she received the third prize at the New Artists Contest in San Sebastián and in 1995 the first prize at the Gure Artea of ​​the Basque Country.