ERLEA MANEROS ZABALA
THE VOICE OF THE VALLEY (2016-2022)
The Voice of the Valley (2016-2022) is a book by Erlea Maneros Zabala, who was born in the Spanish Basque Country and has been living in California for the last two decades. Conceived along with her exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Basque Country Artium Museoa, in Vitoria-Gasteiz in 2022, the book goes off the trail from a conventional exhibition catalogue. Voices and images dissociate, overlap and interweave, generating an atmosphere rather than offering a survey. An atmosphere, as in a visual, mental, and sonic landscape. The American writer Dodie Bellamy, with whom Erlea Maneros Zabala has been in close conversation during the making of this book contributed to the book with an interview with the artist and a hybrid text written for the occasion, in which Bellamy responds to themes and images in The Voice of the Valley. The writing of Bellamy echoes the slow, persistent way of working of Erlea Maneros Zabala, which is based on an economy of means that takes the everyday, hers and that of her work environment, into account, without shying from the starker realities of our existences.
Published following the eponymous exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basque Country, Artium Museoa, Vitoria-Gasteiz, in 2022.
The Voice of the Valley (2016-2022), 2023
Texts by: Dodie Bellamy, Beatriz Herráez, Erlea Maneros Zabala
Graphic design: Filep Tacq
128 pages, 19.5 x 26.5 cm