LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
DATE OF BIRTH
Juan Aizpitarte’s work draws on a variety of disciplines, appropriating himself indifferently of the possibilities ranging from sculpture to installation, from graffiti to urban interventionism, from performances to editorial projects, from writing to single-channel video and video installation.
He began studying at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Leioa (University of the Basque Country) in 1993, specialising in Sculpture and graduating in 1998 at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux (France).
That same year he began collaborating with the Zebra 3 Association on the Buy-Sellf Catalogue and with the Permanent Food magazine.
With a cross-border approach to his action and representation, Juan invades the terrains of social politics and mass-produced aesthetics. In his latest works games and fiction impose themselves as forms of communication, incorporating the public as part of his creations.
Interested in taking action from different scales, he investigates and intervenes in urban territories through actions developed in the public space, questioning the contemporary world by means of participatory social activism and processes of media appropriation. Meanwhile, behind an apparent formalism, his videographic works introduce these same elements from a more introspective stance.
Apart from his artistic production, he also runs training and education programmes in the visual arts and cultural projects to enliven different contexts. Among them are the conception and setting in motion in 2008 of the Línea Curva Association and the Espacio Reflex project from which San Sebastian establishes collaboration networks essentially with the Atlantic axis, promoting projects involving creators and society itself. Internationally, he has been working since 2012 on the “Corners” project where he is involved in participatory actions in outlying European communities. He currently lives in France and develops his projects on both sides of the border where he combines investigation into local identity and his relations with the contemporary world.
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