hiru hiri – city views
From medieval miniatures to Modern Age engravings, architecture has always been the differentiating element from one city to another. In the 19th century, postcards became the way to show what is representative of each city, but today, the urban environment has become homogeneous and repeated in many cities around the planet due to globalization.
The exhibition hiru hiri – city views brings to the Basque Country Architecture Institute like postcards, the search and representation of the elements and moments that make up the distinctive personality of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Donostia-San Sebastián and Bilbao. An exercise that escapes from that monumental vision of cities and focuses on those personal elements, often hidden, silent and discreet, which build their own context and character, making citizens feel at home.
Through the camera lens of Jon Cazenave, Oskar Alegria and Aitor Ortiz, an exhibition of 30 images is set up, ten for each capital of the Basque Country, which reveal those aspects of the character of each city that often escape our eyes. There are 30 postcards written about and from the city by people from the field of creation of the Basque Country and with strong links with the autonomous community, such as Bernardo Atxaga, Karmele Jaio, Rafael Moneo, Ruper Ordorika, Maialen Lujanbio or Esther Ferrer.
As each postcard and each person lives and creates their own history, the exhibition also encourages citizen participation, with postcards that can be handwritten to reflect on those fundamental but often invisible parts of the landscape of each of the cities. In the virtual world, hiru hiri invites you to share on social networks those hidden and personal corners of towns and cities with the hashtag #antipostal.
Photography: Jon Cazenave.