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Estíbaliz Sádaba

ESTÍBALIZ SÁDABA
(Bilbao, 1963). studied at the School of Fines Arts at the University of the Basque Country in Leioa. In 1994 she founded the Erreakzioa-Reacción platform with Azucena Vieites and Yolanda de los Bueis, with a mission to develop a feminist discourse through publications, seminars and other activities. Her work in the field of video stands out for its biting humour, originality and combativeness.

Step (paso a paso) 2003
Colour video with sound
1’50”
To the musical background of an aerobics session, we see a pile of books and catalogues dealing with feminist subjects (Lucy Lippard, Martha Rosler, Susan Faludi, Jenny Holzer, Annie Sprinkle…) on which the artist exercises until the pile falls down. At that very moment, the voice of the aerobics instructor gets distorted. Sádaba seems to be telling us that learning feminism is no easy task. Have these theories had a real effect? Have they influenced the majority of the population or does the obsession with physical appearance still prevail? Sádaba seems to be posing these questions, with a healthy sense of humour.

amimaneraA mi manera II 1999
Colour video with sound
3′
An ironic, even mocking approach, is the focal point of this video where Sádaba shows a close-up of her belly, on which she has written the word ‘diet’. The artist massages her belly while singing to herself the famous Frank Sinatra’s song that gives the work its title, ‘My Way’.
What we have here is the vindication of every person’s physicality, an invitation to accept our own image, avoiding the self-punishment that the drive to achieve hegemonic beauty standards entails.

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