Anita Glesta has been recording oral memories of the now elderly survivors of the Guernica bombings since 2005. She lived in Northern Spain as a teenager in the 1970s. Four months after 9/11, which she witnessed as a resident of Gateway Towers in Battery Park City, she moved to go to Spain to rekindle her connection to the Basque country.
Anita Glesta’s work has been exhibited extensively in New York City, beginning in 1984 with a solo show at White Columns Gallery. Her work was shown at the Sculpture Center, the Queens Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, and many New York galleries before she moved to Sydney in 1994. Since her return to New York in 2000, Glesta has created site-specific works in New York, Europe, and Australia. She is currently commissioned to create a permanent outdoor integrated landscape sculpture for the Federal Census Bureau Building in Washington, DC, through the General Services Administration’s Excellence in Art and Architecture program.