laburrak in brief
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peel

Artist Mehmet Ali Uysal has decided to clear walls at his latest exhibition rather than dressing them. Instead of taking pieces of art there, he did them right there in the gallery and them took them off the walls. Taking away instead of adding. It seems like a beautiful idea.

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baleapop

A special festival which brings together contemporary art and music. Baleapop festival h s earned its own place and character in between so many giant festivals. Usopop, L´Atabal and Akotze youth centres have worked together on this hybrid festival, which
is really worthwhile . From August 8th to 11th in the magical area between Getari and Bidart.

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zinemaldia

In these times of subsistence, when budgets are reduced or quite simply cut, it’s a luxury to see that Donostia Zinemaldia is carrying on without any big changes. We’ll be able to enjoy films and film cycles that won’t be available anywhere else. This year, in addition to the usual sections, there are cycles about Nagisa Oshima and Animatopia. An overdose of film for cinema junkies.

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getxophoto

Has a camera ever been invented to take photos of dreams? While that’s on its way, we’ll have to carry on trying to capture dreams using cameras fromthe real world. And some of the results of those
attempts will be on show in the streets this year. Getxophoto, at least as far as we’re concerned, is one of those annual dates which has be comeindispensable.

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ertza

Everyone in the entre, everyone trying to be in the middle... Nowadays it’s good to come across a project which wants to stay on the margins. For the past 14 years the Ertz festival has been bringing together music and sonic ideas. This years edition is dedicated to War Sounds. From September 5th to 13th in Bera and Donostia.

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expogrow

After last year’s success, the organisers of Expogrow knew that they had to do it again this year. And, although some people will be astonished, we’d say that Expogrow is a project for all the family. As well as what was on offer last year, this year there will be sports exhibitions, live music, debates and leisure activities through out the day. Irun Ficoba, 13th, 14th and 15t h September.

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up with the tide down with the houses

Everyone knows we’re land art fans. On the one hand, because it’s a free way of making art. It isn’t limited to galleries and museums, and nature’s an infinite field of action. On the other hand, because
even the humblest projects have a chance. Architect Chad Wright’s humble, strong work is an example of this. Do children still build sandcastles on the beach?

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entrelazar

In her human-scale sculptures, Dora Salazar has used her usual materials and techniques. In this case, however, she has combined materials and given her figu res new skins and layers. Salazar, like a contemporary Doctor Frankenstein, reflects in this exhibition on the roles which condition women. Koldo Mitxelena Culture Centre, until 14th September.

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jan svankmajer

This artist, born in Prague in 1934, has worked in many different areas. Sculpture, design, cinema, animation, poetry... In all of them his surrealist tendency and own, symbolic universe are apparent. This artist, who we already know fairly well, has an exhibition at Bilbaoarte until the end of August.

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rouleaux (tutu not desmond)

When we run out of toilet paper and all tha t’s left is the cardboard roll in the middle, we give off a lot of negative energy. We’ve come across an idea for channelling all that energy. Take a look at Anastassia Elias’es Rouleux project.

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animated illustrated books

The web offers us many options. And when we come across people who use them well, we try to give them as much publicity as possible. Here is a link from Mexico with Riki Blanco’s animated illustrated book. A crude, direct story which is beautifully illustrated.

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koloreka

Another little place dedicated to images has been opened in Donostia’s old town. Images in the widest possible sense of the word. Photos, drawings, paintings, screen prints,... At Koloreka you can see the works of art or, if you want, take them home
with you too.