The Edge. Álvaro Laiz 7 APR - 2 OCT

The Edge is the result of the Tender Bridges project, a creative project inspired by the Museum's collection and initiated in 2017.

In The Edge the artist embarks on an exciting journey from the Bering Strait to the south of Chile, a long journey through time and genetics, through the evolution of man and his relationship with the environment in which he lives. The mark he leaves on the Earth, on people, on cultures. 


Nature, traditional culture and technology converge in the artist's research work. 


The geographical journey of The Edge project follows the footsteps of the Paleo-Siberian populations who, 20,000 years ago, passed from Asia to America through the Bering Strait, becoming not only the first settlers of America, but also the ancestors of the peoples who subsequently inhabited this territory.

The Edge also collects questions about the Anthropocene era and how humans relate to each other and to other species.

A National Geographic Storytelling Fellow since 2021, the artist combines in The Edge the poetic yet powerful idea of shared memory and science through the analysis of population genetics data, and brings to the table the discourse on current migration processes across the Americas.

In The Edge, the artist has sought scientific and consultancy support to incorporate sustainability in all its aspects into the realisation of the project. This has given rise to a parallel project entitled Beyond the Edge.

Beyond the Edge. Commitment to sustainability.

The consultancy Ureculture has accompanied the artist in this project committed to sustainability with which they seek to implement circular thinking in artistic and museographic practices, while measuring and minimising the environmental impact of the project and the exhibition with professional tools.  

As part of Beyond the EdgeBeyond the Edge, the artist and the consultancy firm have proposed the RE-FRAME initiative, which promotes the circular economy in the exhibition through, among other elements, the manufacture of frames designed with a circular perspective and which have been produced specifically for the pieces in the exhibition in cellulose waste material. 

The Museum, which has accompanied this project from its first steps within the Tender Bridges programme, also supports this parallel project, which is aligned with the University of Navarra's Strategy 2025 focused on sustainability.

As part of this support, a working group has been formed with members from other schools and faculties, and from the Strategy 2025 development team, which will seek to measure the Museum's actual energy consumption over the time frame during which the exhibition can be on display. 

This University and Museum project with the artist seeks to unite architecture, art and sustainability. 

Beyond the Edge has been made possible thanks to the support of the National Geographic Society, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and the Museo Universidad de Navarra.



Álvaro Laiz (León, 1981) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work encompasses different techniques of expression such as photography, video, sound and writing. 

He specialises in anthropological and environmental photography. He has been a National Geographic Storytelling Fellow since 2021, and in 2016 he received a grant from this institution to carry out the project. 

In 2017 he published his first book The Hunt (Dewi Lewis/RM 2017), a reconstruction of a story with echoes of Moby Dick of one man against the Boreal Jungle's most fearsome and efficient predator: the Siberian tiger. It was presented at Les Recontrès de Arlès 2017 and selected by the British Journal of Photography as "Best of 2017".

Álvaro's work has been recognised by several institutions such as Sony World Photography Awards, World Press Photo, Visura or Fundación Cerezales.



Download the room sheet for this exhibition

Exhibition catalog for sale at the Museum's store



07 APR / 19:00H - Masterclass with Álvaro Laiz

28 APR / 12:30H - Nature and Culture: Continuities and Differences

05 MAY / 19:00H - How to make things with... our ancestors

Workshops for children and teenagers:

30 APR - Remaining faceless
Children's workshop around the exhibition The Edge, by Álvaro Laiz

7 MAY - Genetic Maps
Children's workshop around the exhibition The Edge, by Álvaro Laiz


6 MAY - Genetic Maps
Workshop for teenagers around the exhibition The Edge, by Álvaro Laiz




August 2, 2022