Exhibition "The Margins of the Factory" by Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum, ADN Platform, Sant Cugat (Barcelona) Spain, 25 January–30 April 2014. Curated by Latitudes.
"The Margins of the Factory" presents two recent projects by the Rotterdam-based duo Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum that are motivated by their interest in art's relationship with labour. Each explores sculptural form and manufacturing processes from the perspective of artists who have not usually made objects. Jaio & van Gorkum undertake what are in part sociological investigations by documenting the local, marginal effects of the displacement of manufacturing industries over the last two generations with the emergence of the global market. Emerging from the artists' personal history and implicating the direct effects of their own vocation as well as work they ask of others, the projects are moreover complicit in asking what kind of industriousness brings value and what political life objects might have.

The exhibition opening features a performance by British “avant-folk” musician Nathaniel Robin Mann, developed in collaboration with Jaio & van Gorkum around the raw footage of Work in Progress and the tradition of work song. Mann interprets the Basque popular song “Oi Peio Peio” – a dialogue between a woman worker and her cruel boss, who insists that she carries on working throughout the night. First collected in Cancionero Popular Vasco in 1918, the song was popularized by singer–songwriter Mikel Laboa, founder of “Ez Dok Amairu” (“No Thirteen”), the cultural movement of Basque poets, musicians and artists whose name was a suggestion of sculptor Jorge Oteiza.


"Work in Progress" (2013). Video (14' 22''), 739 polyurethane sculptures, and 47 moulds.

"Producing time in between other things" (2011). Three videos (12' 30'', 5' 22'', 36' 11''), 32 colour photographs (76x115 cm & 50x75 cm), 49 wooden legs, and MDF platforms with objects made by Jos van Gorkum between 1976 and 1996.

All photos: Roberto Ruiz. Courtesy: ADN Platform.

More info: www.lttds.org/projects/jaiovangorkum/
Download exhibition leaflet (English or Spanish) www.lttds.org/projects/jaiovangorkum/archive/

All the photos: Roberto Ruiz | www.robertoruiz.eu/
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