MATERIAL VOICES 7: THROUGH A VANISHING POINT

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  • Eugenia Perpetua Butler: Strangling Freud (1990). Courtesy of Corazón del Sol.

  • Eugenia Perpetua Butler: Untitled. Courtesy of Corazón del Sol.

  • Eugenia Perpetua Butler: Untitled. Courtesy of Corazón del Sol.

  • Eugenia Perpetua Butler: Untitled. Courtesy of Corazón del Sol.

  • Eugenia Perpetua Butler: Untitled. Courtesy of Corazón del Sol.

through a vanishing point is the seventh session of Material Voices: Feminist genealogies of the work of making exhibitions. With Eugenia Perpetua Butler, Valerio Del Baglivo & Corazón del Sol, Verde Prato & Sahatsa Jauregi. This event is part of the Solokoetxe Summer Solstice.

Material Voices: Feminist genealogies of the work of making exhibitions aims to investigate curatorial practices by women from the sixties until today. We use dialogue as a method of investigation and explore the potential of the materiality of voices, exhibitions and artworks and the intersections between them.

THROUGH A VANISHING POINT
Friday, 28 June, 2024
4.30 pm-6.30 pm: through a vanishing point, with Valerio Del Baglivo & Corazón del Sol, and opening of Eugenia Perpetua Butler’s The Book of Lies.
8.00 pm: 6 abesti, 6 eszenografia. With Verde Prato & Sahatsa Jauregi.

EUGENIA PERPETUA BUTLER: THE BOOK OF LIES
Exhibition open to the public:
From Thursday to Saturday, 4-27 July, 2024.
From 5.00 to 8.00 pm.

VALERIO DEL BAGLIVO & CORAZÓN DEL SOL: THROUGH A VANISHING POINT
It was in 1972 when, at the peak of her career as a conceptual artist, Eugenia Perpetua Butler (1947-2008) decided to leave L.A. to enter into contact with the shamanic cultures of Latin America and learn magic. She started her journey in northern Mexico and travelled all the way down south to Cali (Colombia) where she spent 8 years of her life. Her decision to withdraw from the artworld is comparable with similar artistic practices of the time that chose refusal, silence or rejection as acts of political dissidence and forms of self-empowerment. From then on, invisibility as a form of communication and political action became central to Butler’s works and strategies.

Is it possible to discuss invisibility as a form of refusal for liberation and rest against the violence of patriarchy norm and power?

through a vanishing point is an event with curator Valerio Del Baglivo and artist Corazón del Sol that presents the work of Eugenia Perpetua Butler (Corazón’s mother) and discusses her interest in the nonvisualizable, the unthinkable and the invisible to formalize paths of emancipation and transformation between art, language and life. Eugenia P. Butler’s career lasted over forty years and played a formative, but often overlooked, role at the border between conceptual art, community art practice and experimentation with drawing and language. Her artistic production explored the material, emotional, artistic and psychic labour necessary to meditate on her recondite experiences and traumas. In her own words Butler was interested in the “unknown, the psyche, the world of dreams and the unconscious”.

VERDE PRATO & SAHATSA JAUREGI: 6 ABESTI, 6 ESZENOGRAFIA
6 abesti, 6 eszenografia [6 songs, 6 sets] is a work of musical-sculptural collaboration between Sahatsa Jauregi and Verde Prato in response to the invitation from Bulegoa z/b to take part in the seventh session of Material Voices. The encounter between the works of the two artists will materialize in a concert-performance-sculpture in the space outside the office – something that will be alive for a brief instant before disappearing forever. Previous collaborations between the two artists have taken diverse forms. In all of them the collision of two imaginations and sensibilities has produced a musical and spatial eclipse.

With the collaboration of: Andrea Angulo, Hodei Herreros, Gorka Laspiur, Izar Okariz, Kris Ortiz, Javier Ozcoidi, Cata Rubio.

BIOS

Valerio Del Baglivo is a freelance curator based in Italy. His research focuses on research-based artistic practices that analyze the relation between knowledge production, institutional infrastructures and audience engagement, to discuss the social and political role of art. Recently, Del Baglivo was Guest Curator at IASPIS, Stockholm (2022); Associate External Curator at MAXXI – Museum of XXI Century for the Arts in Rome (2019); and Visiting Curator of UNIDEE at Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella (2018-19).

Corazón del Sol is a third-generation Los Angeles-based artist. Informally taught by her early access to the arts and subsequent questioning of the arts’ organizing systems, she has a practice rooted in collective sense-making through conversation, movement, video, sculpture, and other experimental modes. Her work has been shown at international institutions such as Salón Nacional 44 Colombia (Colombian National Salon of Artists) and Tabakalera, International Centre for Contemporary Culture, Donostia-San Sebastián. Del Sol has curated shows including Dysfuctional Formulas of Love with co-curator Víctor Albarracín Llanos and Let Power Take a Female FormThrough her community activism and formation of the low-cost housing prototype, Jardín de Estrellas, she brings form to her belief that beautiful housing is a fundamental human right. The prototype of the Jardín de Estrellas is installed in The Box parking lot for viewers to see. Lately, her main interest is in connectivity’s ability to dislodge addiction to power that traumas engender.

Ana Arsuaga (Tolosa, 1994) is an artist and musician. She graduated in Fine Arts at the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU), where she completed a Master’s degree in Painting. She has shown her pictorial work in Galería H2O, at the meetings organised by the Barcelona Gallery Weekend, and Galeria B eta B (Lekunberry, Nafarroa Behera), amongst others. In the field of music she is developing her solo project Verde Prato, with which she has played at different festivals and concerts, including: Sonar, CCCB (Barcelona), Primavera Sound (Barcelona), BBK Live (Bilbao), Feed the Wave (Milán), MIL (Lisbon) and the international exhibition EXPO DUBAI.  In 2022 she received the Musika Bulegoa Saria prize and the Etxepare Euskal Institutua’s MIN Saria prize, both for the best record in Basque. As Verde Prato, she has issue two LPs and three EPs. She has a program on the Basilika podcast series, and she writes an opinion column on music in the Basque language newspaper Berria.

Sahatsa Jauregi (Itaparica, 1984) is an artist. She lives and works in Bilbao. At present she is a lecturer in the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU). She has recently held one-person shows at Galería The Ryder (Madrid, 2024), Sagrada Mercancía (Santiago de Chile, 2023), Spirit Vessel (Girona, 2023), Artium (Gasteiz, 2023), Azkuna Zentroa (Bilbao, 2022), Aparador Monteleón (Madrid, 2022), Artiatx (Bilbao, 2021) and Halfhouse, (Barcelona, 2019). In the last year she has also taken part in the following group shows: Turno de réplica, cuestión de piel (Patio Herreriano, 2024) and Larruak eta izurrak (Tabakalera, 2024). She has won different prizes: New Artists Program in Guipúzcoa 2013, Ertibil first prize 2017, Gure Artea prize 2019 and Premio ARCO Comunidad de Madrid. She has carried out stays at Tabakalera (Donostia-San Sebastián, 2019), Halfhouse (Barcelona, 2019), Fundación Bilbaoarte (Bilbao, 2016) and Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley 2012).

Valerio Del Baglivo’s research on Eugenia Perpetua Butler is supported by the DirectorateGeneral for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture under the Italian Council program (12th edition, 2023), which aims to promote Italian contemporary art worldwide.