iratxe jaio & Klaas van gorkum

Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum
Of Mortgages and Marriages
31 October - 12 December 2015

Private View: Saturday 31 October 5 - 8 pm

JOEY RAMONE is very proud to host the 1st solo exhibition in the gallery by artist duo Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum. The exhibition which occupies both gallery and project spaces opens on Saturday 31 October from 5-8pm and runs till Saturday 12 December.

Of Mortgages and Marriages is a storyboard for a movie that was never made. It consists of a series of drawings, traced from sources such as maps, real estate brochures, mortgage advertisements, wedding pictures and family snapshots; research material from an investigation that the artists Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum made into the large-scale urban expansion of a mid-sized city in the north of Spain. It is accompanied by two videos, Showroom and Helicopter, each using a different cinematographic technique to traverse the city and its symbolical spaces.

Central to the narrative in Of Mortgages and Marriages is the notion of "home": the basic element of our built environment, and the stage where human relationships are given form. Its value is determined by more than utilitarian or material considerations, and includes fantasies of what it may represent in the future, and concepts of life, family and reproduction. But when urban planning takes its ideological component to be self-evident, and leaves the production of homes to the impulses of an overstrung market, this comes at a price: the rise of a socio-economic class that is defined and controlled by the going rate of its mortgages.

Of Mortgages and Marriages was realized in 2006, when the Spanish housing bubble was at its peak. Its premonition of impending crisis has since turned from science fiction into a historical reality.

Iratxe Jaio (Markina - Xemein, ES, 1976) & Klaas van Gorkum (Delft, NL, 1975) have worked together since 2001. Using documentation as their work methodology, they question social and political issues concerning the everyday. Solo exhibitions include The Margins of the Factory at ADN Platform in Barcelona (2014); Réinventer le Monde (Autour de l'Usine) at FRAC-Aquitaine in Bordeaux (2013); and Amikejo at MUSAC in León, Spain (2011). Group exhibitions include Life's Finest Values at Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna; the Mardin Biennial in Turkey; What is to come has already arrived at Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea in San Sebastian; The Value of Nothing at Tent, Rotterdam; and Stem terug at De Appel in Amsterdam.