Starting 23 January, Artoteka, a platform for loans of contemporary art and mediation between artists and citizens, can be found in the exhibition space of Mediateka BBK as part of Lanean, the process support programme.
The purpose of this artistic mediation project is to create new audiences for and publicise the work of local artists. The Artoteka platform loans works of art and mediates with creators to bring their art closer to everyday life and different audiences. The project emerged in response to the need to create new ways of disseminating and spreading contemporary art, of forming connections between contemporary art and society, and promoting new economic models for artists.
ARTISTS TAKING PART: BELÉN CEREZO, HELENA GOÑI, JUANA GARCÍA, MAWATRES, RAISA ALAVA, RAQUEL ASENSI, RAQUEL MEYERS, SAIOA OLMO, TUNIPANEA AND VICTORIA ASCASO
How does it work?
Artoteka includes a collection of works by ten local artists, designed specifically for the project, and demonstrates the diversity and richness of contemporary art creation at the local level. It is a hybrid collection with works from various disciplines (drawing, photography, painting, sculpture, video, etc.) that seeks to showcase themes of interest to the artists by linking art to other areas of knowledge.
The users select one or more of these works to borrow for their homes, workplaces or studios. The works are loaned for at least 3 months and the transporting and set-up process is supervised by the Artoteka team.
For each loan, mediation activities are designed based on the space and the needs and interests of the users and artists. In this way, spaces are created that allow artists and communities to meet and reflect collectively on the works and their meaning.
Artoteka is a project promoted by Karraskan, Sarean and Wikitoki within the framework of the European Reshape project. It is subsidized by the Bilbao City Council and the Basque Government and supported by Azkuna Zentroa – Alhóndiga Bilbao.
Photos by Ark Saiz