Iñaki Garmendia belongs to a generation of Basque artists who have carried out their work in a context characterised by paradoxical trends. Cultural nationalism and globalization have provided ingredients for an aesthetic in which heterogeneous meanings are often overlaid.
The tension between the possible readings of Garmendia’s works often generates feelings of uncertainty, unease. Video, music, youth subcultures and a series of industrial products heighten the tension between the multiple readings of his work.
His processes often start from derivatives, versions of cultural objects to which he remains secretly linked and over which he works from a logic of attrition. All this is most clearly revealed in his video production of the last 20 years.
Garmendia’s recent solo exhibitions include: “Ratatatat…” ATOI-Traktora coop., Bilbao (2021); Garmendia, Maneros, Salaberria: Proceso y Método, Guggenheim Bilbao Museum (2013) Galería Moisés Pérez de Albéniz, Madrid (2013); Bulegoa z/b, Bilbao (2012). His work has been also shown in a number of group exhibitions at – among others - Tenderpixel (London), MACBA (Barcelona), Wyspa Art Foundation (Gdansk), CIC Cairo, Feria de Arte ARCO, Madrid and the Taipei Bienal, Taiwan.