San Sebastian 2016 hosts the contemporary art from the edges of Europe

The Corners of Europe project will offer art installations, exhibitions, performances, shows and guided tours devised by around thirty international artists

Most of the project will run between 28 September and 2 October, but there will be three prior events taking place on 19 September ("Hide or Reveal", an installation on the No. 26 bus route) , 20 September (the official opening of the "Put Yourself in My Place") and 21 September ("In Between" exhibitions at the Ernest Lluch Centre and Anoeta underground station respectively).

The programme's activities will focus on different parts of Amara.


The Amara neighbourhood in San Sebastian will be hosting art installations, exhibitions, performances, shows and guided tours from 19 September to 2 October as part of the Corners of Europe programme, which San Sebastian 2016 European Capital of Culture is participating in. The programme comprises 11 projects which involve around thirty international artists and have already been on display in Stockholm, Belfast, Blyth, Ljubljiana, Zagreb and Rijeka.

The projects require the collaboration of local agents and citizens, and they explore issues such as the emotional journey that follows a traumatic event and the situations experienced by two artists who swap lives. These pieces of work are the result of journeys that the artists have made to different points of Europe, where they have been working in collaboration with others on projects which are tailored to the reality of each place.

Areas such as Plaza de Ferrerías, Plaza de las Cofradías Donostiarras, Avenida de Madrid and Ernest Lluch Cultural Centre will act as the venues for some of the activities.

The programme will begin on one of the No. 26 buses on 19 September with the "Hide or Reveal" project, an installation which reflects on travel through the window of a bus. This will be followed by the official opening of the "Put Yourself in My Place" exhibition on 20 September at 19:00 in the Ernest Lluch Cultural Centre, and then the "In Between" project, which will be taking place on 21 September at Anoeta underground station. After this event has taken place, a range of activities will be happening in different parts of Amara between 28 September and 2 October.

Corners of Europe

Corners is a multinational cultural platform which connects the "ends of Europe". It has 10 direct members and over 20 partners representing fifteen countries or regions on the borders of Europe. Many of them are places where conflict has played a determining role in their culture and the lives of citizens. At the same time, and often because of this, they have an immense creative energy.

The project seeks to document and analyse the realities of the regions in question and establish networks of partners by creating a sustainable platform for collaboration between creators. To do this, Corners takes artists out of their usual environments and away from the culturally predominant centre of Europe. As a result, they have been sharing expeditions across different corners of our continent since 2012. These visits have given the artists an insight into various social, political and cultural situations, which has resulted in multidisciplinary projects that have been created collaboratively by different working groups.

Corners of Europe is a laboratory where some of today's corners of artistic creation are explored by exposing it to different tensions. The artists' need to constantly negotiate with regards to creative processes; collaboration between artists from different places; the subjectivity and meanings which arise from changing lifelong backgrounds in Europe; discussions about the role of citizens in projects and their level of participation, etc.

Nationalities and disciplines come together to devise a series of open projects which culminate in presentations, such as the one taking place in San Sebastian. Before this happens, however, these projects are tailored to the circumstances of the places where they are going to be shown. To do this, artists work with local agents and residents. Over the course of two weeks, they will be adapting and creating them in Amara, working in partnership with residents' associations, Cáritas, schools such as La Salle Ikastetxea and Amara Berri, as well as M-etxea, the University of Deusto, Amarauna and the Ernest Lluch Cultural Centre, among others. Local agents such as Danele Sarriugarte and Harkaitz Cano have also been acting as coordinators.

Beatriz Churruca, Juan Aizpitarte, Borja Ruiz, Ixone Ormaetxe, Joseba Irazoki and Asier Zabaleta are the Basque artists who were chosen as part of an open call by DSS2016EU.

As well as San Sebastian 2016, which has included the project as part of the Hazitegiak section of its programme, the Corners of Europe platform also has another ten members: Intercult (Sweden); Pogon from Zagreb and Drugo More from Rijeka (Croatia); Exodos from Ljubljana (Slovenia); City Culture Institute from Gdansk (Poland); the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Isis Arts (United Kingdom); Cultural Centre REX (Serbia); Teatro Pubblico Pugliese (Italy); and DokuFest (Kosovo). The project is organised in conjunction with Donostia Kultura.


1- Amara Safari

Guided tour
An agency of tour guides that give us another perspective on the neighbourhood based on encounters with its residents.

Artists: Isabella Mongelli, Miloš Tomić, Maria Anastassiou
Co-produced by: ISIS Arts, Teatro Pubblico Pugliese, B92/Rex
Participants: Deusto School of Tourism, Ernest Lluch Cultural Centre Amarauna, Amara Residents' Association.
2- Birdhouse Gallery

This project/workshop focuses on designing and building small birdhouses which act as individual art galleries.

Artists: Nedyalko Delchev, Maciej Salamon
Co-produced by: Intercult, City Culture Institute (Instytut Kultury Miejskiej)
Participants: Easo Polytechnic School. Carpentry students; Uba Safe House; Amara Berri School; La Salle Ikastetxea.

3- Bridging the Silence

Audio installation which explores the emotional journey that we go through after a traumatic experience.

Artists: Beatriz Churruca, Hrvoslava Brkušić, Deirdre Cartmill
Local partner: Danele Sarriugarte
Co-produced by: POGON – Zagreb Centre for Independent Culture and Youth, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, DSS2016EU.
Participants: Cáritas; M-etxea; Citizens

4- Hide or Reveal

An exploration of travel and reflections through the window of a bus.

Artists: Helena Wikström, Una Bauer
Co-produced by: POGON – Zagreb Centre for Independent Culture and Youth, Intercult
Participants: DBUS San Sebastian Tram Company

5- In Between

Performance + Exhibition
This performance and exhibition uses observation and interaction and is based on the unique perspective of a neighbourhood and its residents.

Artists: Juan Aizpitarte, Siniša Labrović, Elvin Flamingo (Jarosław Czarnecki), Helena Wikström, Davor Sanvincenti
Co-produced by: Intercult, Drugo More, City Culture Institute (Instytut Kultury Miejskiej), DSS2016EU
Participants: Ernest Lluch Cultural Centre Amarauna, Amara Evangelist Church, Amara Residents' Association, Amara-Osinaga Residents' Association, MusikAmara, Escivi Film and Video School / residents from Plaza Ferrerías, Euskotren.
6- In Transition

A participatory stage piece which combines dance, music and drama as it explores the transition from adolescence into adulthood.

Artists: Borja Ruiz, Kajsa Sandström, Nils Personne
Co-produced by: Exodos, Rex, Intercult, DSS2016EU
Participants: Ernest Lluch Cultural Centre, Usandizaga - Peñaflorida Amara Secondary School, Uba Safe House, La Salle School.

7- Oh My Home - Lost&Found

Installation + Performance
Art installation and performance which explores and questions the concept of "home-homeless".

Artists: Ixone Ormaetxe, Lalya Gaye, Saadia Hussain
Co-produced by: Intercult, ISIS Arts, DSS2016EU
Participants: Cáritas, Stop Desahucios

8- Put Yourself in My Place

Exhibition which looks at the experiences of two artists from Croatia and Sweden as they exchange lives.

Artists: Ida Hansson, Milijana Babić
Co-produced by: Drugo More, Intercult
Participants: Ernest Lluch Cultural Centre

9- Sister of Another Mama

Performance + Publication

A temporary editorial space where short stories retrieved from participants are used to create an artistic publication and a performance.

Artists: Joseba Irazoki, Mila Pavićević, SIMKA – Simon Häggblom and Karin Lind
Co-produced by: Intercult, Drugo More, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, DSS2016EU
Participants: Group of upcoming local artists, Tabakalera

10- Windows

A participatory performance in a public space which sees residents and visitors respond to a series of questions about issues that range from local matters to the existential.

Artists: Asier Zabaleta, Michael Hanna
Co-produced by: Teatro Pubblico Pugliese, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, DSS2016EU
Local partner: Harkaitz Cano
Participants: Ernest Lluch Cultural Centre Amarauna, Parents' Association, Barianterik ez - Variante no, Amara-Osinaga Residents' Association, TAE Donostia Performing Arts Workshop, residents of Plaza de las Cofradias Donostiarras, La Salle Ikastetxea,
Performers: Iván Aizpurua, Garazi Aldasoro, Haritz Morras, Jugatx Mirasolain; Dancers: Thiago Luiz, Almeida, María Andrés.

11- Flashes

A screening of short documentary films which have won awards at the major festivals in Europe and give us an insight into different realities across the continent, not all of them comfortable.

Curator: Veton Nurkolari, director of Dokufest Festival in Prizren (Kosovo).
Co-produced by: Intercult, DokuFest