Aditu dakardana / Oye lo que traigo / Check out what I've got
More than 400 drawings – most of them new pieces – in various media and formats make up this, the first major solo exhibition held so far of work by Azucena Vieites.
It is no coincidence that the title of this extensive presentation of Vieites' work comes from a song by the rap artist Ari, a young woman of African origin now living in Catalonia who has transformed the music scene in Spain.
"Check Out What I've Got" is an invitation to explore the issues of gender, group identity, sexuality and fashion, all through a body of work in drawings that take music as their principal source of reference. Fascinated by the ability of music to draw people together and to determine an aesthetic look, a code of values and identifying marks, Vieites considers the possibility of investigating how collectives that cannot be thought of as mainstream use this trick to tackle their problems and to share their perception of the world.
On the occasion of the exhibition at Sala de Exposiciones Rekalde Erakustaretoa, Bilbao (15. 9. - 27. 11. 2005); with essays by Carme Nogueira and Cathy Lomax (Basque/Spanish/English)