Portrait-sketch by Karen Blixen. Izibene Oñederra.

She is behind the works Los Faquires (2009), La Madre (2010), Las Voces (2012) and Desheredada (2016). She directed the Aguilar de Campoo Festival for five years, is an independent curator (MAPA-Arteleku, MACBA (Buenos Aires) and writes screenplays.

Azkoitia, 1979. A graduate of fine arts and teacher at the University of the Basque Country. She creates and produces traditional animated films, including Hezurbeltzak, Una fosa común (2007) and Hotzanak. For your own safety (2013). She directed the short film Kutxa Beltza (2016) with the animator Isabel Herguera as part of the movie Kalebegiak (produced by Moriarti and DSS2016), and also contributed to the films Beti Bezperako Koplak (2016), Berbaoc (2008) and Amar (2010). Her animated films have competed in the most prestigious international festivals and received various awards: Animafest (Croatia), Annecy (France), DOK (Leipzig)... She was also an audiovisual curator with the MAPA group.

emptying out inwardness

"So, all stories would be told another way, the future would be unpredictable, the historical powers would change, they'd change, between hands, between bodies, another way of thinking is still not possible, it will change how society as a whole functions. In fact, we’re living precisely in the time when the conceptual foundation of a thousand-year-old culture is being undermined by millions of moles from an unknown species". 

(Helène Cixous ‘The Laugh of the Medusa’)

Izibene: We started by talking at a distance about the idea of an animation about ‘women who take action’. These women matter to us because of how they lead their lives in order to keep taking action. To keep taking action despite life itself.
Some of these women were depicted through a long series of black and white drawings that I put together at the start of the project. Tamara told me that the black ink and shape, and caricature-like nature of their features on the paper, turned them into one sole race.

Tamara: Carmen Martín Gaite said about the search for the proper spokesperson that “they have to show up by themselves because ‘our things’ can’t be told to just any person nor in any old way.” And, she introduces the word ‘play’ as the start of something that happens, as a process, playing at drawing and writing. In this project, research is therefore like play. It's not about talking, therefore, but about talking with Izibene. It’s not about finding the voice, but about finding the ear that listens.

Thus, this project of emptying begins, leaving behind a space full of a body sculpted between words and drawing.

Barrenak Usten/ Emptying Out Inwardness is a project by Izibene Oñederra and Tamara García that uses their own drawings and texts to create a voice and ear which reveals something intimate from the depths of a body at once sick and healthy, and which is aware of being alive and taking action. It is a sick woman walking from bitterness towards life, with an intermittent strength that seems to come from an unknown genealogy.