THE MEMORY OF BIDASOA THROUGH ART
This program is promoted by the Irun City Council and managed by Bitamine Faktoria. It values the memory of the Bidasoa River through practices linked to contemporary art, as a tool to recover the river bank and strengthen its link with the citizens, recalling its role as a revitalizing factor of society.
Ribera is presented over two days in early autumn. The first and main day was developed in the surroundings of the Bidasoa with the objective to recover the geographical space of the river by means of dynamics of creation, perception and experience, remembering history in a transversal way. The second day was held at the CBA Cultural Centre with the aim to distribute the artistic processes and their results by inviting the public to a collective reflection.
The programme for this third edition included the following proposals: ECOS DEL BIDASOA, a sound installation by Bitamine Faktoria located in the former barracks of the carabineros in the area of Osinbiribil that included the stories of Virginia Gasull (1943) and Eneko Arcas (Deia); the TRAVEL BOOK participative activities; painting and drawing in the open air, promoted by Juncal Alfonso & Arantza Albisu (Il Duomo), and STORIES OF PEDALS, a bicycle narrated walk, told by Idoia Castro (Oiasso Museum), Ana Galdós, Fernando García Nieto, Mikel Huarte & Heidi Otaduy (Ribera Scholarship) and Ion Aranguren (Sos Racismo / Irungo Harrera Sarea). The program also included PAREDES DE LA MEMORIA, a mural intervention by Xabier Anunzibai under the viaduct on Santiago Street. For its part, Bitamine Faktoria designed CHECKPOINT, a device that served as an information and meeting point; LA PLAYA, an installation to contemplate on the Bidasoa; and SELFIE POINTS, an intervention that vindicates the riverbank as a tourist attraction. The day concluded with performances by Eneko Alcaraz (Cia. Ekilore) with his contemporary dance piece "Sorginak kanpora"; and Sur Le Feel, a jazz manouche trio that provided the soundtrack for the PIQUE-NIQUE CONCERT. Finally, the research project "La Isla de los Faisanes, modos de narrar la Historia", by Iván Gómez and Iraitz Agirre (Ribera Scholarships) was accomplished.
PARTICIPANTS OF THE COMMUNITY
Bitamine Faktoria designs and directs a specific artistic project for the Christmas market. A team effort and in collaboration with a score of artists to attract attention and focus on the local creative community in a turbulent and complicated year for the sector. The market is an activity promoted by the City and Economy Impulse Area of the Irun City Council.
Itsasargi catches our attention and invites us to look from another perspective, to be more aware of what surrounds us. This visual metaphor enlightens us and makes us imagine the good that is to come.
Occupy space, the void that fills the air in its immensity. The accumulation of forms illuminates the dimension of what surrounds us. *
A visual metaphor that invites us to stop and observe around us what we are not aware of. *
Moments that pass so slowly that they push us to contemplate. *
Keeping hands of the lighthouse: Judas Arrieta, Iñaki Oyarzabal and Bitamine Faktoria
Lighting: Jose Zapiain
Art has sprung up in the Ensanche square, within the Christmas Market. Thanks to the contribution of all the participating artists and creators, artistic creation has been visualized in an attractive and metaphorical way.
AG Calligraphy - Ainhoa Gordo, Ane Borreguero Oliden, asiertxosololaama !!!, Cristina Juaniz, Goizeko Izarra, Hache - Sarah Grandes, Haritzetan Atelier, Iciar Sánchez Parra, Iratxe Aires, Iratxe Colado, Itsaso Labari, Itziar Basterretxea Seijo, Javier Paule, Julia Lasa, Juncal Alfonso Aguilar, Loidi Miriam, Lorena Martínez Oronoz, Maialen Arocena, Mr Woodman, Patri Taberna Solbes, Patricia Gómez Rojo Inwoko, Restta estudio - Raquel Garcia, Von Jauregi, Xabi Amunarriz Rodriguez
We often think that art and culture are constantly springing up, we believe that they are an endless spring. But like our trees, we must take care of the culture and the artists, so that they continue to grow. *
This year the tips of the branches look different in the trees in the square. Their art flows, and they protect us like a lush forest on a rainy day. *
THE MEMORY OF BIDASOA THROUGH ART
Ribera is held in the public space, along the banks of Bidasoa river, a core part of the region's identity, and offers new perspectives of this memory space from the point of view of art. This programme values the memory of the Bidasoa river through practices linked to contemporary art, as a tool to recover the river bank and strengthen its link with the citizens, recalling its role as a revitalizing factor of society.
“Possible futures, imagined futures” was the theme which drove this year’s event, inviting both artists and the public to reflect on the memory of the future in these uncertain times. The coronavirus pandemic forced us to reshape some activities. For instance, we used a pier as a stage in order to maintain social distancing and a theater company performed a piece with no attendees but a “sold out” poster. Guided tours in smaller groups made them more participatory and meaningful to the people.”
Maldita Lettering / Mikel Remak / Maite Eizmendi / Christian García del Campo / Jaime de los Ríos (Arteklab) / Oier Gil / Iker Eizagirre / Cia. La Máquina de Hacer Pingüinos (Anaïs Sindera - Luis Alberto Rodriguez - Emmanuelle Thomé) / Bitamine Faktoria / Idoia Zabaleta / Bertha Bermúdez
The 5th edition was held on 19 September 2020. This program is promoted by the Irun City Council and managed by Bitamine Faktoria.
This research and action project has been developed in tandem with the anthropologist and historian María José Noain and Bitamine Faktoria as an artistic collective. It was awarded a Ribera Grant from the Irun City Council. These grants are aimed at activating a permanent framework in the field of human sciences and art for projects whose object of study is the border territory, especially the Bidasoa river and its surroundings.
The participation of the community has been fundamental during the nine-month-long process of mapping the emotions linked to the Bidasoa region. Research and action have focused on interaction with local inhabitants through surveys, personal and group interviews, actions in the public space and workshops with primary school children.
In this way, the bibliographic research has been enriched with the collection of oral testimonies and personal perception about the river both in its symbolic and plastic dimension. The end result is a timeless polyhedral story in the form of a fold-out map that reflects the emotions shared by citizens. All in all, an artistic creation inspired by an active research into the emotional cartography of Bidasoa.