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.
Susanne Birbragher, originally from Bogotá, Colombia, currently lives and works in Miami, Florida. She completed her studies with honors from Brown University in Systems Engineering and also graduated from Rhode Island School of Design’s department of Graphic Design. In 2001, Susanne became one of the founders of ArtNexus.com, a site affiliated with the Latin American art magazine ArtNexus, for which she works as Associate Editor and Creative Director.Susanne has been involved in the art world for more than 16 years. Seven years ago she founded Liaisons Corporation, a Miami-based global marketing, events, art consulting and public relations agency, which she chairs.
Among her philanthropic projects, Susanne supports several arts-focused organizations and some others focused on helping women and children. Susanne is co-chair of the Art Basel Miami Beach host committee with whom she worked very closely during its first 10 years. She currently serves on the Wolfsonian-FIU Board of Advisors, is a co-chair of Wine, Women & Shoes for the benefit of the Miami Children's Health Foundation, and participates in the Women of Tomorrow Leadership Committee, a mentoring and scholarship program for women. Susanne has been recognized as an honorary member of Vogue 120, as well listed among the "100 Miami Latinos”.
What interests you the most about a new artist?
Honestly, what surprises me about a new artist is not related to innovation in formal or aesthetic technique, but to the quality of the work’s discourse. That is, the conceptual framework that occurs behind the work, which is why I don’t refer to originality; rather, to its response to the current context. There are new artists who re-introduce trends or previous artistic movements that manage to contextualize them and appropriately update them to the present moment, and that is what surprises me most.
What medium do you think will prevail in coming years? Where are the new trends heading regarding this?
It seems to me that for decades the trends have not matched the techniques. Artistic movements are no longer defined by generations and artists working with the same materials or similar styles. However, I think that after a wave of conceptual art that has filled the exhibition spaces for many years, painting has been greatly devalued, and there are many new proposals to increase its value again. Likewise, given such complex political climates, there is a large artistic response to the relationship between political and art, community art, public art, and art as a social practice.
How/Where do you see the art scene in our post-Brexit world?
I think that complicated situations in political, economic and social contexts tend to encourage an extremely interesting art production that responds to these circumstances. At the end of the day, art is a reflection of what we live, and in this difficult time, artists have responded through their practice and the work they produce.