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Txuspo poyo
Love Needs Time to Kill
Experimental fiction | 4k | color and b&w | 21'28'' | Spain | 2020
The impetus to think like this project has been pulled to start from the end, is a symptom of the crisis of historical experience. As the seminaries in the Basque Country began to close, their pedagogical methods have been reduced to the imagination of several generations. "LOVE NEEDS TIME TO KILL" is about the emptiness distilled by the loss of what’s natural and cultural. Over recent decades Franciscan seminaries, along with those of other Orders, have been closing down across the Basque Country. With their closing, comes the loss of a pedagogy that has been a fundamental pillar in the education and identity of the Basque Country. Part of the pedagogical approach was to have large collections of plant and animal specimens, collected from missions in the American, African, and Asian colonies. This research project connects the identity of the diaspora in the missions and their forgotten pedagogical approach to the construction of an exotic and colonial imaginary. On the stage of a small theater in one of the closed seminaries, we have recreated a Baroque still-life scene from the 17th century. The still-life becomes a form of barricade, a gesture of struggle and resistance, in which the inert yet expressive bodies of the animals assert a sense of destiny and uncertainty that has accompanied us from the Romantic era through to present day.
Txuspo Poyo ( Alsasua, Navarra) holds a BA in Fine Arts from the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU). In 2001 he completed an ISCP residency sponsored by Foundation Marcelino Botín and also studied at the CADA center of New York University. In 2006 he received funding from the Vegap Foundation and The Valencia Art Foundation for his Delay Glass project, and the same year won the Prize Gure Artea of the Basque Government. In 2008, he was awarded first prize at the 10th Unión Fenosa International Exhibition. In 2015 he received the Multiverso grand funding from The BBVA Foundation for La Engaña tunnel project and 2018 from Huarte contemporary Art Center and the Navarra Government for Izaro project. In 2019 he received funding from the Vegap Foundation. He has taken part in the Madrid Region’s 15th Image Symposium, and has been an invited speaker on master’s programs at the University of Cuenca and the University Of Basque Country UPV-EHU. He has held solo exhibitions in venues such as BBVA Foundation, Madrid, Artium Museum in Vitoria, Centre d’Art La Panera in Lleida, the Costa Rica Museum of Contemporary Art and Design and the Montcada Gallery of La Caixa foundation in Barcelona. His group exhibitions include Geopolíticas de la animación showing at the CAAC in Seville and MARCO in Vigo; Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Madrid/Berlin; the 2nd Angola Triennial; the FILE in São Paulo; Incógnitas at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; Cine y casi cine at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid; Multitude at the Artist Space Gallery in New York, and Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, in Guarene-Torino, Italy.