Experimental documentation at the museum

Led by: Alejandro Acín, IC Visual Lab, Bristol & Julián Barón, photographer
Special guests: Jon Cazenave, photographer & Maite Jimenez, historian
Venue: Euskal Museoa-Museo Vasco (Bilbao)
Date: Friday, August 30 and Saturday, August 31 (10:00am – 1:30pm, 4:00pm – 7:00pm) and Sunday, September 1 (10:00am to 2:00pm)
Price: 160€

With the collaboration of Euskal Museoa-Museo Vasco (Bilbao)

Photography: Eulalia Abaitua. Courtesy of the Basque Museum

We´re taking over the Basque Museum for three days and transforming it into a production studio in which the participants will use tools such as photogrphy, writing or drawing – using photocopy as a basic reproduction form- to approach the museum’s archive and collections from a contemporary way of looking.
As a result of this experimental documentation at the museum, the participants will create a field book around their experiences.

The laboratory will have two incredible guests. On the one hand, Jon Cazenave, who will approach the theme of “territory” and will provide keys regarding the making of the books. On the other hand, Marta Jiménez, historian and head of the Photography department at the Basque Museum, who will give us her vision and historical prespective. The resulting field books will be exposed during the opening week of the Festival (4-8 June).


The objective is to carry out a series of visual experiments to think about historic documentation. We will question ourselves about how we approach and read the archives and how the past is “put in order”, considering all the ideas involved in the work of the vasque art through History. All this will be made trough the way of looking of the participants.

Directed to

This laboratory is directed to any person interested in the contemporary artistic practice with the use of visual archives. In the workshop concepts around art, history, antropology, ethnography… will be spoken of. There is no need to have previous knowledge about photography, but you will need to have an interest in artistic and visual experimentation.

We recommend to bring a digital camera and a laptop.

Alejandro Acín is a photographer, designer and editor based in Bristol (UK). His photographic work investigates dynamics of consumption and trading  environments in  capitalist societies. He is founder director of IC-Visual Lab, an independent platform for the dissemination and production of contemporary photography via ICVL Studio. He has also been the Creative Director of Photobook Bristol from 2011 to 2013. Since 2016 he is an Associated Lecture at University of Coventry and London College of Communication.

Julián Barón studied industrial engineering and worked as quality manager at a traffic signposting company until 2007, when he resigned and became part of Blank Paper Collective (Madrid). From 2008 till 2015 he was director and photography teacher at the Blank Paper School in Castellón, Valencia and Online. In the last decade he has developed visual work which reacts to an agitated socioplolitic context, converging in different lines of action that connect his work – from different media such as photography, video, sound collage, instalations or books- with teaching and the coordination of didactic projects. His main aim is to offer new points of view is to provide new insights that contribute to weaken the rigidity of contemporary collective imagination and to challenge the official discourses that construct memory, history and identity through images.

Jon Cazenave was born in San Sebastian in 1978. Jon has a degree in Business and Economic Sciences from the University of Deusto. Since 2007, he has been working on Galerna, a long-term photographic project about the identity of the Basque people. He has taken part in festivals such as Les Rencontres d´Arles, Noorderlicht, Photoespaña, TIPF, Encontros da Imagem de Braga and Tbilisi Photo, as well as in collective art projects like Horizon, a research laboratory, and Ixil Ar, an ongoing conversation about Jorge Oteiza. He has had three books published – Herri Ixilean, Galerna and Ama Lur.

Maite Jiménez is an historian, head of the Photography Department at the Vasque Museum. She has published multiple works about Eulalia Abaitua, the first female photographer in the Basque Country.