Laida Lertxundi

Landscape Plus
Laida Lertxundi
fluent, Santander
curated by Alex Alonso Díaz
July 14th- 31st, 2017

Landscape Plus is a project in two chapters that revolves around the practice of filmmaker Laida Lertxundi. The project begins with a solo exhibition at fluent and continues with the development of the first monographic book on the work of the artist, scheduled to be launch in early 2018.

The project is part of the programme Aesthetics of Contamination and departs from the notion of Landscape Plus, a term coined by the artist as to refer to a cinematic gaze on territory, with a special focus on the intersection between industry, landscape and the individual. The exhibition presents a 16mm projection of the film Live to Live in which a physical relationship with the territory is drawn through mountainous regions. Steep and empty landscapes dialogue with physical processes ranging from heartbeat to female orgasm, shaping the image, sound and tonality of the film until reaching the ecstasy of the horizon. The film establishes links with the landscape through the body of the artist as a subjective filter. The limits of one's own body shape the image through abstract codes that place the individual as a mediator of one's own environment.

Along the film, the exhibition also features a series of archival materials used by the artist during the conception of her films, including discards, photographs, process images and filming documentation.