A month after the opening of Swab Barcelona 2017, we take a look back at the best of our 10th anniversary edition. The fair opened its doors with 70 galleries, close to 300 artists from 25 countries and a clear commitment to quality, and independent proposals, with curated programs, performances, and installations that served as a platform for new voices in contemporary art.
1. SWAB SEED
The innovative proposals of Swab Seed, where 7 spaces from Berlin, New York, Tarragona, Bogotá, Zurich, London and Barcelona inspired us with the possibilities for creativity and subversion that being self managed and independent provide.
La Trastera booth, Swab Seed.
Ephemeral's installation-based ephemeral projects invited us to interact and reflect on our standing within a fast-paced globalized system, which often prevents us from having enough distance to ponder our role as individuals in contemporary society.
Simon Heusser, Daydream Retreat.
3. MEDITERRANEAN FOCUS
Curated by Xavier de Luca, it showcased 8 alternative art spaces which provided a window into what's emerging in the contemporary art scene of countries like Syria, Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria.
Artellewa (Egypt) booth, Focus Mediterranean.
4. SWAB PERFORMANCE
The Ukrainian artists participating in Swab Performance, curated in collaboration with Izolyatsia and the Visual Cultural Research Center, gave audiences a lot to reflect on with their highly political performances, full of activism and social criticism.
Raft Crimea, Swab Performance.
5. ON PAPER
Curated by Carolina Diez-Cascón, we discovered the possibilities offered by the contemporary use of paper as an artistic language, its conceptualization and synthesis beyond that of a mere surface, through the proposals presented by On Paper's 8 participating galleries from Paris, Barcelona, Badajoz, Palma de Mallorca, Warsaw, Bogotá, London, and Madrid.
Daniel Martín Corona. Vocación 3D. Ángeles Baños Gallery.
6. BEHIND THE ARTIST
A circuit in which 6 Barcelona-based artists open the doors of their studios for the first time to Swab Barcelona's Collectors program. Behind the Artist is a program curated by Omar López-Chahoud that aims to link the city's arts network with the fair.
Studio of the artist Bernat Davi.
7. GENERAL PROGRAM GALLERIES
Galleries from all over the work that provided an overview of the most representative of the local and international contemporary art scene, with artists of outstanding trajectory sharing the stage with new voices in contemporary art.
SGR Galería Booth.
8. SWAB THINKS
Swab Thinks talks, which provided insight into artistic practices in the context of the realities of the Southern Mediterranean region, where Swab Seed participants shared their experiences carving new paths into the art market, and Cuatrecasas advisors gave us clues on how to take advantage of tax benefits when buying and selling works of art.
Talk "Nuevas formas de hacer".
9. SWAB BARCELONA AWARDS 2017
Awards given to participating artists and galleries to celebrate and boost contemporary art, and the acquisition of artworks by Banco de Sabadell Foundation, DKV Seguros, MANGO, Grisart, Marset, and the Diezy7 Collection to be included in their collections.
MANGO award to best emerging artist.
IN/OUT, curated by Imma Prieto and Frederic Montornés, questioned what it means to be in or out, proposing a way of bringing into focus that which is outside the field of vision by showcasing artists in a new exhibition formant similar to a group show.
IN/OUT exhibition space, 2017
SEE YOU AT SWAB BARCELONA 2018!
We present Seed 2018
The Cactus and the Desert. Exhibitors
We present MYFAF 2018
We speak with Irene Campolmi
We speak with Giuseppe Casarotto
We speak with Harold Berg
We speak with Danny Baéz
We speak with Domenico de Chirico
We want to be your first
The Cactus and the Desert
Swab committee members
Swab is warming up
The Best of Swab 2017
Swab Awards 2017
En busca del territorio
The Art Train by RENFE
Interview to Carolina Díez-Cascón
Swab on Paper 2017
Swab Performance 2017
Interview with Xavier de Luca
Focus Mediterranean 2017
Swab Seed 2017
Interview with Susanne Birbragher
Interview David Armengol