Alberto Odériz selected in the A8 call at Torre de Don Borja

The A8 project is an initiative of the Torre de Don Borja that began in 2023 and this year celebrates its second edition. Its main purpose is that new values of Spanish art can exhibit their work in a prestigious center where they will live with artists such as Jaume Plensa, Rafael Canogar, Juan Muñoz, María Blanchard, Juan Genovés or Jorge Oteiza.  In order to ensure the highest quality of the works presented, the Torre de Don Borja makes an annual call for entries, inviting the art galleries of the Cantabrian corridor (Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country) selected to participate in the corresponding edition of the ARCO Fair each year. The galleries invited to participate in this second edition were ATM (Gijon), Carreras Mugica (Bilbao), Juan Silio (Santander) and Nordes (Santiago de Compostela).

Bosque, an artistic project by sculptor Alberto Odériz (Pamplona, 1983) represented by the Nordés Gallery of Santiago de Compostela, has been selected by the jury of the A8 call for the Torre de Don Borja, and will be exhibited next summer in this historic building in Santillana del Mar.

The A8 jury, chaired by Oliva Arauna, was made up of Marta López Polanco, director of the Rucandio Collection, María Luisa Martín de Argila, art historian, Lorena Corral, art historian, and the artist Ana Martínez Fernández (who was selected in the 2023 A8 call). Bosque will be inaugurated on June 29, with a meeting with the artist, and can be visited until September 30.

Oliva Arauna stressed that "Odériz's proposal is consistent with his career, in which he works using the methodology of archeology, and has been designed specifically for the exhibition space, in which he will carry out an organic installation, in the image of the cave of Altamira, through plant elements that will gradually disintegrate".

The project that Odériz presents to this new A8 call will consist of a specific installation that will be born from the investigation of the environment, with special emphasis on the cave of Altamira, and that will turn the room into a "cave / forest". 

The work will be developed in two phases: first, the artist, in collaboration with farmers and country people, will carry out a pruning of branches in nature; then, the installation of these branches will be carried out, configuring a natural and organic space inside the room. The project dialogues with the Altamira cave and with the reflection of art as a representation of the world.

In his project, Odériz argues that "nature, in the form of a bison or a horse, was torn from its context and taken to the interior of the cave where the human work of signifying and symbolizing the world began". The artist, in his proposal, now proposes "the entrance of a fragment of nature into the interior of the museum to repeat the Altamerian act, but this time the meanings are not the same. And what was once mystery and deities is now fragility and scarcity".

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