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Irrintzi

Irrintzi (2007) is an action documented in video that the artist made without an audience in spaces in the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum. An irrintzi is a traditional Basque shout that originated in the need for natural communication between the valleys in the region. It has survived today as a way of expressing joy and even political vindications in collective celebrations. The irrintzi is a cry that does not articulate concrete words and becomes a sign that functions as a manifesto and call to identity, or even a "war cry". "The cry becomes a basic syntactical system at the limits of language," says the artist. There are similar phenomena in other places of the world, although meaning varies according to cultural context.

Itziar Okariz

Irrintzi, 2007

Single-channel DVD projection, with sound, on free-standing screen

Overall dimensions variable

Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

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