Taxio Ardanaz (Pamplona, 1978) lives and works in Bilbao. A Fine Arts graduate from the University of the Basque Country, over recent years he has been awarded several residential grants at the Kunsthaus Museum of Bregenz, Austria (2014), BilbaoArte (2013), the Art Office in Mexico City (2012) and the MA Studio in Beijing (2009)...
My interest in this project began when I visited a simple but moving monument raised during the Battle of the Ebro (1938) by the Sappers Battalion of the 15th International Brigade as a tribute to companions who had fallen in the Pándols Mountains, Tarragona.
This construction inspired a process of research and creation that has lasted more than 3 years and is the leitmotif of an audiovisual document that deals with the Spanish Civil War from a number of different angles and reflects upon the need today to recover history and memory from a critical and existential perspective.
Through the accounts of several people associated directly or indirectly with the monument as well as my own experiences during the many visits I have made to the place, this work develops several parallel and intermingled narrative lines as a polyhedral representation of a reality that could never be told from just one viewpoint. The interviews follow a documentary format with records of different fictions of historical recreations and theatrical experimentation, together with recordings of an existential nature that reveal the journey itself and the battle grounds.