We speak with Irene Campolmi



Irene Campolmi is a Copenhagen-based curator, currently working on exhibitions that explore notions such as ecology, ethics, postcolonialism, queerism and feminism. She is working on upcoming institutional shows for 2018/ 2019, including “Re-Routing Nature” at SixtyEight Art Institute (Copenhagen) and “#whatif” at Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Copenhagen), among others.  She has curated the artistic program “Art Reacts” of the Code Art Fair in Copenhagen in 2017.
Irene is also completing her PhD on contemporary curatorial practice at the University of Aarhus with a thesis that explores the entanglement between ethics and research in curating. She has co-organised and coordinated the international symposium “Between the DISCURSIVE and the IMMERSIVE”  at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Denmark).

Irene has worked as a researcher for the Max Planck Institute- Kunsthistorisches Institute in Florence, and as an assistant curator for the Italian Embassy in Copenhagen and the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome.



Which are the current artistic trends that you find the most interesting?

I am interested in performance in its broadest sense. Hybrid performative practices including music, sounds, dance, visuals, smells, are getting the attention of art fairs as well as museums, triennials, biennials and art institutions.

In a highly performative time like the one we live, everything we do – from visiting a museum, to having a walk, eating a meal, meeting a friend – has a performative component once we share it on the social media. By exposing our lives on social media, we become the performers of a performance regulated by a script we write. For this reason, performance is destined to become the most intriguing and complex artistic field of our time. It is crucial for art fairs and art organizations to take the highest care in creating the right platforms where to present this medium.

How do you imagine art in the next five years?

I think the art world will look the same, meaning that the structures that present art nowadays will still be in place: museums, art fairs, Kunsthalle, festivals, not-for-profit spaces, etc.

But I believe that there will be greater awareness concerning queer, feminist and post-colonial discourse in both the artistic and the curatorial practice. There is still a lot to do to unfold the issues related to these discourses, but the work done in this direction by esteemed colleagues and artists is leading to interesting results. 

What does an artwork need to get your interest?

I am attracted by an artwork that embodies a political gesture. An interesting artwork is queer, unconventional, but straightforward. The queerest it is in its forms and contents, the more exciting is to dialogue with it. 
I am personally intrigued and fascinated by anything that challenges the way I think, see and perceive the world. 

Why do you think people should come to Swab?

Barcelona has a vibrant and incredibly exciting art scene with interesting artists, art spaces and galleries. The recurrent appointment of an art fair like Swab offers the chance to experience these and keep updated with the local art scene. For young collectors, Swab represents the place where they can discover exciting talents and emerging galleries.
For an art lover, the fair constitutes the right time to be in town in connection with the Gallery Weekend and the many interesting performances organized by Swab.


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