Experimental documentation at the museum

Led by: Alejandro Acín, IC Visual Lab, Bristol & Julián Barón, photographer
Special guests: Jon Cazenave, photographer & Maite Jimenez, historian

With the collaboration with the Basque Museum of Bilbao

–Finished activity

We´ve taken over the Basque Museum for three days and transforming it into a production studio in which the participants have used 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 have created a field book around their experiences.

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

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.