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Itziar Okariz / Marie-Ange Guilleminot

Sala Rekalde

The underlying impetus for showing the work of Basque artist Itziar Okariz and French artist Marie-Ange Guilleminot together remains obscure. Beyond gender and the geographic proximity of their home countries, there is little to link these two artists. Nonetheless, each artist merits consideration in her own right.

Though yet to receive a comprehensive solo show, Okariz is a familiar figure on the Spanish art scene, which is due, in part at least, to the group show “Años 90. Distancia Cero” (The ’90s. Distance zero) curated by José Luis Brea in 1994, in which her work first appeared. With their irreverent tone, her early artistic efforts breathed fresh air into the Spanish art world. The self-portraits in the series “Variations sur la même t’aime” (Variations on the same love you/theme, 1992) are a case in point. In one of the manipulated photographs, the face of the artist, who is clad in

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