Casa Cultura Okendo, Donostia, Spain, 2015
‘Surf, Civilization and Barbarism’
“The importance of beauty and the enjoyment of a wave, of nature vs. the economy facts and the short term development. The utopian vision of an alternative future vs the contra la razón impuesta de una modernidad irracional.” This lines are part of the Gibus de Soultrait introduction to Surf, Civilization and Barbarism, an art exhibition you can visit until August 22nd in San Sebastian (Okendo Culture House, Avenida Navarra, 7).
A compilation of images, ilustrations, videos, thoughts and objects who will take the visitor through all the world´s continents and key surf spots which have been over developed or that still live in their peacefull solitude. It depends on each of you to set up the boundaries to what is naturally sustainable and what can only bring misfortune to a place.
From Jack McCoy´s personal collection of his first photos in Uluwatu, where a virgin headland is a painful contrast to today´s chaotic development, the juxtaposition of Kai Neville´s excerpt from Dear Suburbia of the Japanese rivermouth perfection to Taishi Hirokawa´s nuclear plants, the man vs nature section which starts with Ron Stoner´s 2 photos of Killer Dana before and after the marina is built, the Superbank´s perfection created by the artificial pumping of sand, Wavegarden´s example of man replicating nature as a recurrent theme in mankind… to the virgin beauty of both Bruno Garrudo´s landscapes and finally Punta de Lobos that can be preserved of radical use of cement….
Hanging on the walls works from artists Taishi Hirokawa, Alan Van Gysen, Andy Huges, Bruno Garrudo, Craig Peterson, Jack McCoy, Iker Basterretxea, Kai Neville, Pablo Ugartetxea, Rodrigo Farias or Patrick Trefz, among 27 participant artists.