Interview with Albertine de Galbert


We spoke with Albertine de Galbert, independent curator and founder of


Swab Barcelona is proud to introduce its new selection committee, who will be in charge of selecting the international and local galleries participating in the general program of its upcoming tenth anniversary edition.

On this occasion, we spoke with Albertine de Galbert, independent curator and cultural cooperation projects manager. Since 2008 she focuses her efforts on Contemporary Art in Latin America, which served as the basis of the website, founded by Galbert, and launched in partnership with the Centre Pompidou in the fall of 2011. Galbert has curated exhibitions in France, Argentina, Mexico, among others. 



What interests you the most about a new artist?

I have always been very attracted by art’s ability to open spaces for thought. For me, discovering a "new" artist —whether young, established, or deceased— is like gradually completing an inner constellation, building links between the intimate and the common, the emotional and the political. What doesn’t stop surprising me is that the intensity of these encounters does not diminish with the years and experience, quite the opposite.


What medium do you think will prevail in coming years? Where are the new trends heading regarding this?

I do not really know where trends headed. I realized that painting is becoming more and more present, ceramics as well, but I’m not sure if that’s because I am interested in this materiality and that’s why they are more visible to me, or if it is a real reaction of the artists to the dematerialization that we all experience at various levels in a global world.


How/Where do you see the art scene in our post-Brexit world?

I’m not sure that Brexit will change things that much, but perhaps it will raise global awareness that certain orders that seemed immovable can actually be subject to change, for the better, but also for worse. It is important because in this new awareness, art, culture in general, can become vectors to examine these movements and propose common narratives.





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