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Norusta, Erlea Maneros Zabala

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"Norusta" is the first chapter of the artistic intervention that Erlea Maneros Zabala is working on within the Bikoitza Museum programme. In it, he proposes a juxtaposition between his biographical landscape and the context of the museum, thus marking an off-centered time-space relationship, generated from his own personal transit during the elaboration period covered by the project.



  • 31.10.2020 - 31.01.2021
  • From Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00-20:00
  • Admission: 6 €
Norusta, Erlea Maneros Zabala
Norusta, Erlea Maneros Zabala
Norusta, Erlea Maneros Zabala

The exceptional circumstances caused by the pandemic that have unexpectedly occurred during the working process, have led the artist to expand the framework established in this invitation, and to intensify various techniques. In this way, the exercise that began based around the museum archives has gradually switched to the sphere of reality, in order to respond to the mental and physical state produced by the situation itself.

The result alternates, in a dialectical sense, between two objects and their relationship with the San Telmo Museum. On the one hand, an object that belongs to the museum collection is re-signified in the exhibition; on the other, an object found outside the museum that the artist introduces into the collection by means of a donation.

The result alternates, in a dialectical sense, between two objects and their relationship with the San Telmo Museum

The first object is a lithograph by the artist, Pedro Pérez de Castro (1823-1902) taken from the museum's collection. In this romantic landscape that has no outstanding plastic qualities, we can see a view of the coast from the mainland of Cape Antzoriz (Lekeitio, Bizkaia). It portrays two kilometres of the cliffs on the north side of Mount Otoio, bounded by the sea. The landscape extolled in the lithograph has been visited and probed by Erlea Maneros Zabala, who accessed this from the sea, through a comprehensive approach conditioned by the weather and swell, so that the varying sea trip inevitably determined her photographic gaze. The series resulting from this documents the same stretch of coast that makes up the lithograph, from numerous positions on the surface of the sea. The photographs are accompanied by a drawing consisting of a logbook page and a map that records the dates of the incursions made by the artist. The map shows the line of the coast and the various place names used by the local residents to point out the enclaves on the cliff, both in the past and at the present time. Altogether ten names can be identified within the line that has been drawn.

The second object consists of the tip of a deer antler (Capreolus capreolus) that formed part of the artist's family heritage. This is a tool that had lost any signs of its original use, giving rise to stories, hypotheses and interpretations as a result of memories that are disappearing. The research process revealed that it was traditionally used by fishermen to neutralise bites and stings from poisonous fish. As part of the project, Erlea Maneros Zabala has donated this piece to the museum and shows the photograph that emerged from the protocol for its inclusion in the collection.

Norusta forms part of this slang and refers to the name given to the wind that comes from the same north-west side that usually brings rain from the sea

A screened video completes this image. In this there a succession of different portraits of this antler superimposed with particular words taken from the popular slang used in Lekeitio. The words that have been chosen stand out on account of their specific shortened tone. Erlea Maneros Zabala stress the formal nature of the handwriting, increasing and deforming the natural scale of the letters, and turning their graphic characteristics into portraits of these expressions, as a kind of homage. Likewise, the title of the exhibition, Norusta, also forms part of this slang and refers to the name given to the wind that comes from the same north-west side that usually brings rain from the sea.

The autonomous space in the museum consisting of two neighbouring rooms functions as a break, a conceptual framework in parallel to the narrative of the collection. For the design of the exhibition, Erlea Maneros Zabala has made use of the modular structures that are regularly used by the San Telmo Museum to put up temporary walls. The bare structures reveal layers from previous exhibitions and have been deployed with variable joints that are different to the usual ones. In this way they create a kind of orography as a medium for the images, that emerges out of the need to address the tension between the created work and its relationship with the exhibition space.

Erlea Maneros Zabala
Programa Museo Bikoitza / Museo Doble

Organised by San Telmo Museoa
Colaborator: Larrotxene Bideo


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