General program

Established art galleries presenting national and international emerging artists, divided into 3 types of booth: 25, 20 and 15 m2.









12-14 Gallery, Vienna
3 Punts, Barcelona
Addaya Centre d'Art Contemporani, Palma de Mallorca
Boccanera​, Milano
Beta Galería, Bogotá
Blau Projects, Sao Paolo
CLIMA, Milán
Galerie Richard , Paris
Galería Sicart, Barcelona

GBG Arts, Caracas
Km 0, Innsbruck
Tsekh, Vilnius

Madragoa, Lisboa
Mannerheimgallery, Paris
Michaela Rizzo, Venezia
Motp, Mar del Plata
Neumeister Bar-Am, Berlin
Pabellón4, Buenos Aires
Palma Dotze, Barcelona
Pantocrator, Suzhou
Portas Vilaseca, Río de Janeiro
Rafael Perez Hernando, Madrid
Rincón Projects, Bogotá
Rocio Santa Cruz, Barcelona
Rodríguez Gallery, Poznan
Sasha.D Espacio de arteCórdoba. Argentina
SGR, Bogotá
Squareart Projects,  Suzhou 
Sun Art, Tokyo
Victor Lope, Barcelona

Zipper Galería, Sao Paolo







Under the supervision of Imma Prieto and Frederic Montornés, this section comprises a selection of artists representative of nine different galleries throughout Barcelona. The artists were grouped together to establish a unified nexus within the city's current artistic program, providing multiple perspectives and insights into some of Barcelona's most interesting creators. This section asks, "What does being in or out mean?" and empowers a debate through a diverse group of artists and artworks. 

For this second edition, following last year's conceptual framework, we considered how to bring into focus that which is outside the field of vision, and that the same time, break with a temporal discursive line. We want this central mechanism to be made visible through fragments that break away and connect to the creation process. This can be materialized through works, documents, notes or even new artistic expressions that emerge after the work itself is completed.



Rasmus Nilausen – García Galería, Madrid
Marta de Gonzalo & Publio Pérez Prieto – Casa sin fin, Madrid
Francesc Ruiz – Galería Estrany de la Mota, Barcelona
Ana Laura Aláez – Moisés Pérez de Albéniz, Madrid
Regina Giménez – Ana Mas Projects, l'Hospitalet de Llobregat
Fito Conesa – Espai Tactel, Valencia
Jorge García – Addaya Centre d’Art, Alaró, Mallorca
Gloria Martin – Galería Silvestre, Madrid
Joan Fontcuberta – Angels Barcelona, Barcelona
Mar Arza – Rocío Santacruz, Barcelona
Ana Teresa Ortega – Espai Visor, Valencia
​Patricio Palomeque – EPalmadotze, Villafranca






Focus Mediterranean

Curated by Xavier de Luca, is naturally linked to FOCUS MAGREB, the program that took place in Swab’s 2016 edition and featured 8 art projects from the Maghreb region. That program’s positive reception by the public, participants, and all collaborators has made possible this year’s MEDITERRANEAN FOCUS, which offers in-depth research into the entire Euro-Mediterranean region, widening its focus and including other proposals of key importance in the understanding current Mediterranean world.

Geographically, the Mediterranean is a space of natural connection between several realities, configured by various factors that model them and render them unique from each other. It is precisely this richness that this proposal seeks to showcase, giving visibility to the artistic and cultural initiatives that are taking place in different Mediterranean cities. This proposal aims to link with SWAB’s interest in digging deeper, year after year, into new contexts and artistic disciplines, thus enriching its contents and reaching new audiences. 



Collective 220Algeria
Centre des Arts Vivants de RadèsRadès, Tunisia
Waraq Art FoundationTrípoli, Libya
ArtellewaEl Cairo, Egypt
AllArtNowDamascus, Syria
Mansion, Beirut, Liban
Harakat, Barcelona 
JISER Reflexions Mediterrànies, Barcelona/Tunis









Swab on paper


The curated programme Swab on Paper presents different artworks with a common material: “Paper is a thin material produced by pressing together moist fibres of cellulose pulp derived from woodrags or grasses, and drying them into flexible sheets. It is a versatile material with many uses, including writingprinting, packaging, cleaning, and a number of industrial and construction processes”

Special features are what define this media: Paper has simplified and facilitated communication, generating at the same time multiple languages. This need for a media has simplified the message, transforming paper into an icon itself, and creating papers which have a meaning and a function depending on their colour. Paper has evolved ever since, from a daily use for writing and drawing to an increasing simplification and conceptualization, in which the material can be a message itself.




ADN, Barcelona
Ángeles Baños, Badajoz
Galerie Anne Barrault, Paris
Fran Reus, Palma de Mallorca
Leto Gallery, Poland
Moises Perez Albeniz, Madrid
New Art Projects, London
Nueveochenta, Bogotá






Swab seed

Swab Barcelona presents the third edition of Swab Seed, featuring six independent, self-managed and experimental spaces. Swab Seed seeks to make visible those experimental platforms and proposals which are shaking up the contemporanean art scene.






Itremindsmesomething, Barcelona

Mutt Collective, New York
Square Projects, London
La Trastera, Tarragona
Casa Hoffman, Bogotá
Projektraum SCOTTY, Berlin






MY FAF (My First Art Fair)

A selection of three contemporary art galleries, less than two years old, who have not previously participated in any international art fair and which feature artists born after 1975. Swab offers this space free of charge as a way to boost young new galleries.


Bombon Projects, Barcelona
Kunst Edition, Barcelona
Granada gallery, Buenos Aires





Swab performance

The third edition of Swab Performance is presented in collaboration with the platform Izolyatsia Platform for cultural initiatives and the Visual Cultural Research Center, who curate the showcase of 5 young Ukrainian artists that blur the limits between art, activism and social criticism.



Petr Armyanovski
Mikhail Koptev
Maria Kulikovska 
Victoria Myroniuk  

Valentina Petrova





Ephemeral presents a set of artworks using different time-based media such as performance, installation, or video-game to be found in and out of the fair.

Using audience interaction and participation, the pieces displayed in Ephemeral invite us to consider our standing in an increasingly capitalist, global, and over-accelerated world, one which doesn't allow us the time and distance to think about our role as individuals in our current society



Miwako Kurashima
Simon Heusser
Natalia Carminati
Eva Fàbregas 
Anna Garcia-Pineda

Other editions

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