Emerging Artists




Ixone Sádaba

10 Sep 2009 - 10 Oct 2009

Tuesday - Saturday 11 am - 6 pm

opening: 10 Sep 2009 - 6-8 PM - 547 west 27th street (5 floor) - New York

Ixone Sádaba (Bilbao, 1977) is part of a generation of Basque artists that began making their way into the artworld in the late nineties. She uses international art idioms to respond to the complexities of her local milieu. Her work deals with philosophical issues, which emanate from her personal experience, being her work mostly self-referential. Conceptually, Sádaba’s photographs talk about inner and social conflicts through the use of the body.

Poétique de la Desaparition can be seen as a series derived from a private performance, which has transcended into a series of photographs. Even though the realization of Poétique de la Desaparition was not premeditated, the time and place bear a significance to the photographs, they are the unconscious result of these, both in a physical as a psychological sense. In 2006 Ixone Sádaba left family and friends behind to go to New York, where she followed an international MA program at the International Center of Photography (ICP). Alone, in an unknown city, she forced herself to face her own ghosts: “I woke up one morning, I isolated myself, I positioned the camera and it just happened” she says. This impulsive approach to work responds to an urge that needs to be satisfied immediately: “at that moment I just grab whatever I have around me: my body, my bed, my house, etc. I think these are remains from my performance period.”

She also explains how at that time she was reading Jean-Luc Nancy’s ‘Corpus’. The relation to this text is of such magnitude that the artist always adds a quote by the philosopher, whenever the photos are exhibited or presented: “To all those tortured, violated, hurt, and humiliated bodies. To all those bodies to which their being, as a body, has been denied…”. Corpus can be regarded as the core of the series. Poétique de la Desaparition poses a critical reflection on identity and body. It combines personal experience with a necessity to uncover a body, which certain politics try to turn into something closed and finite, through the use of pain and violence. In ‘Corpus’, Nancy deconstructs the problematics of the body: tortured bodies unable to speak for themselves, ..