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Swab Barcelona Art Fair
Emerging international art visits BCN
The Swab International Contemporary Art Fair, an annual event to discover young artists, emerging trends, and encourage art collecting, celebrates its tenth edition with an updated image, the participation of more than 70 galleries from all over the world, who will come with pieces whose prices range between 50 and 50,000 Eur., and with an important avant-garde component such as an edible stand or PacMan that the attendees will be able to play.
Swab Barcelona, which in the words of its director, the Barcelona architect and collector Joaquín Díez-Cascón, seeks to “provoke, think, feel, love and awaken”, will present eight programmes. Swab Seed, with experimental and independent spaces from Bogotá, Zurich, New York, Berlin, London and Tarragona (La Trastera, which started off in the garage of a house in Segur de Calafell); On Paper, which brings together different techniques, from installation to drawing, connected with a new symbolism, using paper not only as a medium but also as a concept in itself; Swab Performance, with interventions by five young Ukrainian artists working in the fields of art, activism and social justice; Focus Mediterráneo, dedicated to independent platforms from Algeria, Tunisia, Syria, Libya, Egypt, Morocco, Palestine and Lebanon, which highlight voices and discourses that are often outside the traditional art circuit; Ephemeral, focusing on installation, performance or video game, works that interact with the public and pose a reflection on life in a global context and accelerated capitalist system; In / Out, which questions the meaning of being outside or inside by showing artists represented by galleries that may or may not be in Swab; MYFAF (My First Art Fair), which supports galleries with less than two years of experience and allows them to participate freely in their first international fair; and the General Programme, which includes leading galleries from around the world.
Samuel Salcedo, WILD LIFE, 2017. Polychrome resin 66x20x20cm. Single piece. Galería 3 Punts, Barcelona
Dionisio González, Interacciones 20, 2013. Digital print on cotton paper. Galerie Richard, París
The off-Swab venue, Arts Santa Mònica (La Rambla, 7) will host, from September 27 to October 1, the exhibition 'In search of territory'. The show, sponsored by the Swab Foundation Barcelona, revolves around the concept of territory, from its most explicit to the most abstract, starting with the video art pieces of three Brazilian creators on top of their game: Deborah Engel, João Castilho and Ayrson Heráclito.
Nicole Weniger, Austria, 2015. C- Print photo 100x70 cm. Galería: KM0, Innsbruck
The route 'Behind the Artist' is also worth noting; curated by Omar López-Chahoud, artistic director of the Untitled fair, invites foreign collectors to visit the workshops of six artists based in Barcelona.
Matteo Fato, Untitled, 2015 _ 2017. Oil on linen 117 x 143 cm. Galería Micaela Rizzo, Venecia
Eduardo Valderrey, Aerópolis #23, 2010. Wooden structure with video projection. Galería: Rafael Pérez Hernando, Madrid.
Ana Teresa Ortega. Que el lugar del nacimiento no determine tu educación. #4, 2005. Colour copy on aluminium and acetate. Edición 1 /5, 73 x 110 cm. Galería: Espai Visor, Valencia. Programa IN/OUT
Annette Sonnewend, Syndics, Rembrandt van Rijn – Remake, 2015. C-print, size variable. Galería: SCOTTY, Berlín. Programa SWAB SEED
- From 28 September to 01 October
- Pabellón Italiano Font Màgica de Montjuïc
- Plaça de Carles Buïgas, 1, 08038 Barcelona
- Swab Barcelona Art Fair
- Opening hours:
- Thurs Sept 28th, 6 PM, opening (only with invite).
- Fri Sept 29th, from 4 PM to 9 PM.
- Sat Sept 30th, from 12 AM to 9 PM.
- Sun Oct 1st, from 12 AM till 8 PM.
- Entry fee: One day pass 8 Eur. (advance purchase) and 12 Eur (there). 3 day pass: 25 Eur.. Free entrance for under 12.