The Exhibition for Closure project, promoted by Eva Villar, combines a series of artistic and exhibition events in small shops in our cities, shops which are going to close or have already turned their lights out. Taking memory as our common thread and reclaiming these unique, irreplaceable spaces, Villar wants to take artistic work to the street, taking it out of the norms for exhibitions, and challenging people directly.
Exhibition for Closure pays homage to these traditional shops, with their links to local history and culture. In order to open a space for critical reflection, each event will show a selection of works by committed artists, valuing the ability of contemporary art to interrogate and affect our awareness.
Semillas Elosegui, the “beetroot shop”, closed its doors on December 31st, 2019 after more than 100 years; it had become part of the daily landscape in the old part of town.
In this exhibition we present the work of Jon Cazenave, María Cueto, and Jaime de Los Ríos, three artists who in their different ways converse with nature and memory, imagining ways to link us to the most attentive, respectful surroundings. Seeds, small containers of ancestral knowledge, capsules of bio-cultural memory selected with care by farmers, work on this occasion as a metaphor that links the contents of the exhibition. Art, like seeds, seeks the right place to germinate and grow again. It also has the creative power to generate new forms of life and processes of social transformation.
Performance by Myriam Perez Cazabon and Leire Otamendi.