This is the Region’s way of recognising the significance of the Estampa Contemporary Art Fair and affirming the regional government’s support for contemporary creativity in all its forms, as well as supporting galleries and programmes that aim to spread and promote contemporary art. This acquisition award helps build the Region’s collections at the CA2M by adding important new voices.



Ixone Sádaba focuses on fundamental issues such as gender violence and historical memory, reflecting on how documentary photography can become a record of reality; in this particular case, she is addressing the post-war situation in Iraq. The jury highlighted her ability to translate the violence perpetrated on bodies in situations of conflict into sculpture and object.

Ixone Sádaba (Bilbao, 1977) studied Fine Arts at the Universidad del Pais Vasco in 2001 before completing her training at the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija in Madrid (2001) and at the International Center of Photography in New York (2005). She is currently working on her doctoral thesis at Goldsmiths University of London.

She was the winner of the 2011 Generations Award for her project La Nuit Americaine, as well as a finalist for the 2012 Sovereign Art Foundation Prize, among others. Ixone’s work has been exhibited at national and international institutions, including the Guggenheim Bilbao, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and the MOCCA Contemporary Art Museum in Toronto. Her work can be found in the collections of the Guggenheim Bilbao, MNCARS, ARTIUM, MUSAC, Iberdrola and BBK, as well as in numerous private collections.