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SWAB talks with… Albert Tercero

“I am art. I am Barcelona. I am Swab” is a series of interviews with relevant people of the Barcelona creative environment, whose aim is to enhance the cultural network of the city.

Today we talk to Albert Tercero, freelance illustrator & designer living in Barcelona, Spain.

I am Albert Tercero. I am art. I am Barcelona. I am Swab.


In one sentence, ow would you describe your relationship with illustration?
I intend it to be aesthetic and communicative.

A place in the city that connects you with art?
El Raval

If Barcelona was an art work, what would you name it?
Pa amb tomàquet

A message to young creatives?
The same thing a friend told me one day. In the end the hardest thing is to stop and do something concrete. 

What projects are currently keeping you busy?
I alternate illustrations for the press with some advertising projects. 

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Albert Tercero is a freelance illustrator & designer living in Barcelona, Spain.
Amongst others, he has worked for: It’s Nice That, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Kids, The New York Times Book Review, Apple, The Wall Street Journal, T Brand Studio, Wired, Vice, IBM, Red Bull Music Academy, Converse, Reebok, Anyways, Studio Hi Ho, Institutional investor, Absolut Vodka, Booooooom!, Le Monde, Condé Nast Traveler, CCCB, Handelsblatt, The Economist, Bayer, Converse, Anyways, Onward, Netlife, Yorokobu, Barrons, Sofilm Mag, Volata Mag, Bayer, Ladybeard, Established&sons, Handelsblatt, Medium, Soon in Tokyo, Onward, Winkreative, Lost&found, Dezeen, Food+City, Empirical Spirits, Godfrey Dadich, Shopify, Affaire studio, Ajuntament de Barcelona, 1199SEIU.

SWAB talks with… Bruna Cusí

“I am art. I am Barcelona. I am Swab” is a series of interviews with relevant people of the Barcelona creative environment, whose aim is to enhance the cultural network of the city.

Today we talk to Bruna Cusí, Spanish actress of theater, television and film and winner of the Goya Award for Best Newcomer Actress 2018.

I am Bruna Cusí. I am art. I am Barcelona. I am Swab.


In one sentence, how would you describe your relationship with acting?
I can indeed describe it in one word: Intense.

A place in the city that connects you with art?
The theater of the National Library of Catalonia.

If Barcelona was an art work, what would you name it?
I like to be literal with titles: Barcelona__2022

A message to young creatives?
Focus on being able to dedicate yourself professionally to what is vocational for you, but don’t be sorry if sometimes it doesn’t work out, because, after all, life and your health are always more important than any artistic process.

What projects are currently keeping you busy?
As an actress I have finished “Upon Entry”, the debut film of Alejandro Rojas and Sebastian Vazquez and I am also lucky enough to be getting into the universe of “Golem”, the next film of the Burnin Percibas, which we will shoot this summer.

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Bruna Cusí Barcelona actress, winner of the Goya Award for Best Newcomer Actress for “Verano 1993” by Carla Simón. She graduated in Dramatic Art at the Instituto del Teatro. She is currently shooting the series “Fácil” by Anna R. Costa and the feature film “Upon Entry” by Alejandro Rojas and Juan Vázquez. She has starred in “Mía y Moi” by Borja de la Vega, “La Vampira de Barcelona” by Lluís Danés, “Hogar” by the Pastor brothers, “La Reina de los Lagartos” by Burnin Percibas, “Incierta Glòria” by Agustí Villaronga, “Ardara” by Raimon Fransoy and Xavier Puig, and the international serious “The Alienist”. In theater she has worked in more than twenty shows such as “Siglo Mío, Tía abuela Mía” directed by Marta Pazos.

Swab 2022 Curator Talks by Caterina Almirall

SWAB 2022 CURATOR TALKS
by CATERINA ALMIRALL

Tell us your favorite moment at Swab 2021
I always enjoy receiving people who are interested in the artists’ proposals of the EPHEMERAL Program and being able to tell them more about it. Sharing the work done with the public, collectors and other people is one of the things I like the most.

What’s something you discovered at Swab 2021 that really sticked to your mind?
I really liked Violeta Mayoral’s proposal at etHall gallery in Barcelona, this year we are lucky that Violeta returns to Swab as part of the Ephemeral program, and she will captivate us again with her new proposal.

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Violeta Mayoral. etHall , Barcelona

What’s something you saw at Swab 2021 that you don’t typically see at other fairs?
One thing that I really like about Swab and that differentiates it from other fairs is that because of its size and configuration, it generates a very pleasant and relaxed atmosphere that gives the feeling of community.

How would you describe Swab 2021 to someone who could not visit it?
It was very nice to regain the physical attendance and I think you could feel it in the atmosphere, a lot of excitement and expectation to meet again in the pavilion.

What projects are keeping you busy these days that swabbers should stay tuned for?
Undoubtedly, the preparation of the fifth edition of the EPHEMERAL program that I curate with Margot Cuevas, we already have the artists and we are working on this year’s proposals.

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About Caterina Almirall
She is an independent curator and teacher. As a curator, her work always maintains an interest in the artistic field itself, understanding artistic practice as a space for the production of knowledge and questioning about the world. In recent years she has focused her research on the exhibition fact and the mediating practice, with special interest in the magical, understanding the artistic practice as a ritual and a place of learning.
She has been the curator of the annual cycle Terrassa Comisariado 2017/18, and curator of the Swab Ephemeral program of the SWAB Barcelona fair from 2018 to the present. She is currently a member of the Programs committee of Hangar and follows the PhD program in Education of the arts and visual culture, at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Universitat de Barcelona.

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SWAB Barcelona – Video Box 2022

VIDEO BOX 2022

This year El Salvador takes over the Video Box program, which has established itself as the video art section of the fair. This program, entitled “Entangled/Entretegidos”, will be carried out by Y.ES Contemporary, curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud and Patricio Majano.

Entangled/Entretejidos is a project that presents videos that address the different ways in which artists connect to their identity as Salvadorans. The notions that exist around this identity are complex, partly because they derive from diverse sources, including the heritage of native peoples, a colonial past, a civil war, and mass migration. The history of each individual constitutes a node that exists in this complex web. Identity is thus the fabric that has been created by weaving together unique threads, that is, all the heterogeneous experiences that can be understood as Salvadoran.

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Monólogo brevísimo, Víctor Hugo Portillo

Entangled/Entretejidos reflects and problematizes these concepts of identity related to the idea of the Mother Country and linked to migration. At the same time, the project starts from plurality to consider identity as something malleable and fluid, not limited to a specific region. Through the experiences of Salvadoran people, it seeks to address an issue that is of global relevance and that finds parallels in many other regions.

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If you are a Salvadoran artist and are interested in participating, contact info@yescontemporary.org for information on how to apply.


About Y.ES Contemporary
Y.ES Contemporary creates opportunities for outstanding contemporary Salvadoran artists to enhance their artistic practice and interact with other artists, curators, collectors, gallery owners and the media inside and outside of El Salvador. Y.ES Contemporary is an initiative of the Robert S. Wennett and Mario Cader-Frech Foundation.

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Omar Lopez-Chahoud
International Director of Y.ES Contemporary
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Patricio Majano
Programming Director of Y.ES Contemporary

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Swab 2022 Curator Talks by Bruno Leitão

SWAB 2022 CURATOR TALKS
by BRUNO LEITAO

Tell us your favorite moment at Swab 2021
Meeting friendly galleries from Spain, mostly from Barcelona, and independent projects

What’s something you discovered at Swab 2021 that really sticked to your mind?
Pedro Torres from Green Parrot

What’s something you saw at Swab 2021 that you don’t typically see at other fairs?
A good selection of mainly local galleries and projects in a very friendly environment 

What projects are keeping you busy these days that swabbers should stay tuned for?
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About Bruno Leitão
In the past years he was the co-founder and curatorial director of the HANGAR, Centre for Artistic Research in Lisbon since 2015. He has curated and programmed exhibitions, talks, and seminars with numerous artists. As an independent curator, he curated Pouco a Pouco, the first solo exhibition by Ângela Ferreira in Spain at CGAC (Santiago de Compostela, 2019), Affective Utopia at Kadist Foundation (Paris, 2019), A Ilha de Vénus by Kiluanji Kia Henda at Hangar (Lisbon, 2018), Cubismo Ideológico by Carlos Amorales at Hangar (Lisbon, 2017), among other projects.

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Swab 2022 Curator Talks by Gisela Chillida

SWAB 2022 CURATOR TALKS
by GISELA CHILLIDA

Tell us your favorite moment at Swab 2021
My favourite moments were definitely the four performances… Maybe it’s wrong to say it because I’m the curator, but I very much enjoyed them, it was a real pleasure to work with Laura Llaneli, Gino Rubert, Violeta Mayoral and Mariona Moncunill…

What’s something you discovered at Swab 2021 that really sticked to your mind?
I loved the work of Helena Vinent, Paco Chanivet, Marc Herrero, Joan Pallé and Alán Carrasco.

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Joan Pallé. ADN Galeria, Barcelona

Helena Vinent. La Escocesa, Barcelona

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Marc Herrero. FASE, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat

What’s something you discovered at Swab 2021 that really sticked to your mind?
The most interesting thing about Swab is its “human” dimensions, the small scale allows you to stop and spend time at each stand without that “FOMO” that forces a frenetic pace. It’s a luxury to be able to stroll around the fair and find international artists you didn’t know before. And, what’s more, at prices that allow you to take them home with you.

How would you describe Swab 2021 to someone who couldn’t visit it?
I would tell them not to miss it next year 🙂

What projects are keeping you busy these days that swabbers should stay tuned for?
Luckily, there are several projects keeping me busy these days. As well as coordinating all the projects of the cultural platform Hänsel* i Gretel* (stay tuned, you’ll soon be able to listen to a series of podcasts we’ve been recording for months with artists as important as Joan Fontcuberta and Ignasi Aballí), I’m curating, together with Roc Parés, a major solo exhibition by Gino Rubert at the Tecla Sala Art Centre. I’m also particularly excited to present the second edition of Glutamato, a personal project that seeks to “promote”, hence its name, projects by artists with whom I share space in the space for creation and thought FASE. This time it will be with Ricardo Cárdenas.

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About Gisela Chillida
Art writer and independent curator. Her interests focus on artistic ‘work’, especially on the relationship between artistic production and its public presence outside the art-institution. Between 2018 and 2020, she was the director of the LOOP Discover Video Art Prize, held in the framework of LOOP Barcelona.
She is currently content coordinator of the cultural platform Hänsel* i Gretel*. Since June 2018, she is a member of the creative and thinking space FASE, located in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat.

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Swab 2022 Curator Talks by Domenico de Chirico

SWAB 2022 CURATOR TALKS
by DOMENICO DE CHIRICO

Tell us your favorite moment at Swab 2021
Swab is very charming, as always: you can always discover new artists, meeting new people – artists, gallerists, curators, and collectors – absorbing positive energies while freely walking around and breathing.

What’s something you discovered at Swab 2021 that really sticked to your mind?
Instinctively retracing the images and memories from the past edition of SWAB 2021, some of my favourite proposals were: Lily Robert – Paris, PIEDRAS – Buenos Aires, CAVE-AYUMIGALLERY – Tokyo, Patricia Fleming – Glasgow, and Badr El Jundi – Marbella.

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Patricia Fleming, Glasgow

What’s something you discovered at Swab 2021 that really sticked to your mind?
Total and honest democracy, proposals that are always new and original, and the perfect weather.

How would you describe Swab 2021 to someone who couldn’t visit it?
What I find very attractive about Swab is its democratic will: the fair offers a perfect balance between emerging proposals and well established projects. Furthermore, it provides the visitor with a very interesting portrait of what is happening both on thelocal and the international artistic scene, reuniting galleries and independent spaces from all over the world. All in all, I believe that people should go to Swab to keep their curiosity alive.

What projects are keeping you busy these days that swabbers should stay tuned for?
I’m currently traveling to Rome because I’ll spend a couple of days at the Swiss Institute visiting all the artists in residence, as a guest curator.

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About Domenico de Chirico
Domenico de Chirico is an independent curator from Italy. He collaborates with a number of international artists, galleries, institutions, art fairs, art prizes, and magazines worldwide. He has been artistic director at DAMA Fair, Turin, Italy (2016-2019). He is currently a Committee member at Swab Barcelona Contemporary Art Fair (Barcelona), guest curator at MIA Photo Fair (Italy), a curator at Bienvenue Art Fair (France), and so forth.

SWAB talks with… Jan Cornet

“I am art. I am Barcelona. I am Swab” is a series of interviews with relevant people of the Barcelona creative environment, whose aim is to enhance the cultural network of the city.

Today we talk to Jan Cornet, film and television actor, awarded as the Best New Actor at the 2012 Goya Awards.

I am Jan Cornet. I am art. I am Barcelona. I am Swab.


In one sentence, how would you describe your relationship with acting?
It is one of the ways I have found that allow me to express myself, to show my view of the world and the human being. A job that I enjoy very much and that connects me with play.

A place in the city that connects you with art?
The Sagrada Familia, MACBA and Parc Güell

If Barcelona was an art work, what would you name it?
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare 

A message to young creatives?
Above all, they should listen to their instinct and their heart.

What projects are currently keeping you busy?
I am currently developing an audiovisual project as a creator called Los Hijos de Adán (Adam’s Children).

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Jan Cornet Galí is a Spanish film and television actor, especially known for his roles as Jaime Acosta in the Telecinco series Motivos personales and Vicente in La piel que habito, a film by Pedro Almodóvar for which he was awarded Best New Actor at the 2012 Goya Awards. As well as starring in the video art piece “Un actor de Almodóvar” by artist Ju Anqi, as part of the Crossboundaries program of Swab Barcelona 2016.

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SWAB Barcelona talks in Mediterranean blue

SWAB BARCELONA TALKS IN
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Swab Barcelona, announces the dates of its new edition, from October 6 to 9, with a focus on its Mediterranean DNA.

Swab Barcelona announces its 15th edition, which will take place from October 6 to 9, and will be held, once again, at the Italian Pavilion of Montjuïc, welcoming 80 local and international galleries that will showcase the latest trends in contemporary art. The selection of the participating galleries will be in charge of the members of the Selection Committee, this year integrated by curators Omar Lopez Chahoud, Jerome Pantalacci and Domenico de Chirico; and by collectors Giuseppe Casarotto, Marie Elena Angulo and Jose Luis Lorenzo.

Like every edition, the fair presents the hard core of its proposals in the General Program, which brings together international and national galleries, through its From Home initiative, and local ones, through its collaboration with Art Barcelona. On the other hand, Swab continues the subsection of the General Program, Emerging, which presents galleries under five years old in order to be a platform for the discovery of new projects. In this line, and following the inertia launched during the previous edition, Emerging strengthens its LATAM Focus, curated by Santiago Gasquet, co-director of PIEDRAS (Buenos Aires), who will bring to Barcelona the most emerging proposals of the Latin American contemporary scene.

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Yudik One, Brescia. MYFAF

This year, Swab highlights its Mediterranean identity, and presents the Eastern Mediterranean scene, featuring projects from Turkey, Libya, Cyprus, Tunisia and Egypt. This project will be extended in the coming editions, generating dialogue among the territories surrounding our sea, an initiative that seeks to create shared synergies between projects in the region.

Once again, Swab reinforces its special programs Swab Performance and Swab Ephemeral. The first one, curated by Gisela Chillida, will feature the performative acts of four artists, each of them represented by a Barcelona gallery participating in Swab. Following the dynamics established in the previous edition, these performances will take place in the galleries themselves, in order to generate a valuable artistic circuit that goes beyond the fair’s pavilion.

Swab Ephemeral, on the other hand, will present the installation proposals of the edition, curated once again by Caterina Almirall and Margot Cuevas, who will select the works of four artists residing in the city’s creation factories: Hangar, Fabra i Coats and Escocesa.

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The Green Parrot, Barcelona. Swab Seed

Among the fair’s regular curated programs is Swab on Paper, the section curated by Carolina Diez-Cascón that explores the possibilities of paper as a media and as a technique. For this new edition, she proposes 5 projects that will discuss the body as a natural element through paper. In line with the above, keeping up with its aim of exploring new exhibition formats, Swab continues with Swab Reading, the fair’s publishing program, which features projects that work on the publication as an artistic object.

Finally, Swab maintains as its central mission the support to the youngest projects through its Swab Seed and MYFAF programs.  The former, the most experimental section of the fair, welcomes projects that break with the traditional concept of the gallery and explore alternative exhibition formats. MYFAF, on the other hand, is positioned as the program for galleries that are just getting started, as it grants the participation of three exhibition spaces that have not yet participated in an art fair.

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Espai Colona, Barcelona. Swab Seed

Swab Barcelona is consolidated as a fair with a human dimension, which seeks to discover new voices of contemporary art, from a sustainable cultural production and always with a gender perspective.

Finally, with the support of ARTLAND, the virtualization platform for artistic content, Swab maintains an online version of the fair in parallel to the on-site event, giving access to its program to the whole world and favoring the international projection of its participants.


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Swab 2022 Curator Talks by Juste Jonutyte

SWAB 2022 CURATOR TALKS
by JUSTE JONUTYTE

Tell us your favorite moment at Swab 2021
Meeting many artists, gallerists, collectors and curators during the opening night of the fair. The majority of the fairs were postponed due to the pandemic, so Swab was one of the first opportunities to catch up with my colleagues, and see what new projects artists have been working on over the past year.

What’s something you discovered at Swab 2021 that really sticked to your mind?
Some that first come to mind: Christian Newby at Patricia Fleming, Inma Femenia at Punto Gallery, Carla Hayes Mayoral and Eleonora Agostini at Badr El Jundi’s booth, photographic compositions of Andrea Monti at Transmitter, and many others.

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What’s something you discovered at Swab 2021 that really sticked to your mind?
There were quite a few project spaces, artist-run spaces and non-profits participating at the fair that are not traditional commercial galleries, like the Green Parrott, New Jörg Vienna, and others. This really helps bring a more diverse selection of works and artists to the fair. Also, the geography of the galleries was quite broad, ranging from Eastern Europe and Latin America to many local galleries, which was nice to explore.

How would you describe Swab 2021 to someone who couldn’t visit it?
A lively, energetic fair where you can discover a lot of new talent. A friendly, unimtimidating space to meet artists, gallerists and acquire works (even if they are your first ones) in one of the most exciting cities in Europe.

What projects are keeping you busy these days that swabbers should stay tuned for?
I’ll be launching a new lecture series on contemporary art, art market and art history later this year. Also, this year is one where many key art events coincide (Documenta, Venice Biennial, Manifesta, Riga Biennial all the fairs etc) so I hope to attend and keep you posted via social media stories and art reviews.

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Photo by Vika Paškelytė

About Juste Jonutyte
Juste Jonutytė is a Vilnius-based independent curator, producer and founder of Tema Projects. Throughout her career, Jonutytė has worked in curatorial departments of Rupert (Vilnius), Tate Modern (London) and Jonas Mekas Foundation (New York), amongst others.

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GALERÍA PUNTO, Valencia
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Swab 2022 Curator Talks by Santiago Gasquet

SWAB 2022 CURATOR TALKS
by SANTIAGO GASQUET

Tell us your favorite moment at Swab 2021
Some of the proposals that I loved from my first experience at the fair were the stand of CAVE-AYUMIGALLERY and a gallery from Tokyo that presented paintings by two of its artists represented in in an impeccable curatorial exhibit. I was also very interested in the work of the artist Kerstin Pfefferkorn presented at Bark BerlinGallery. Also I can not miss the beautiful work done by the projects that participated in the Focus Latam with whom I had the pleasure to work.

What’s something you discovered at Swab 2021 that really sticked to your mind?
Something that I can highlight and that caught my attention in my experience in Swab 2021 was to find a familiar work team, which developed the integral work of the fair and always faced with affection the problems that arose.

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How would you describe Swab 2021 to someone who couldn’t visit it?
An opportunity to visit a contemporary art fair that can be visited placidly and without any rush, since it is designed in a way that the spectator can enjoy all the proposals, dedicating the necessary time to each one and not ending up exhausted. Besides being realized in Barcelona, a city that adds to the event its own attractions.

What projects are keeping you busy these days that swabbers should stay tuned for?
At this exact moment I’m working on the participation of PIEDRAS in the next edition of ARCO in February, where we will present a Solo Show by Jimena Croceri.
At the same time we are also working on the presentation of Mónica Heller’s project at the 59th Venice Biennale which opens in April this year. Heller was chosen as the artist who will represent our country in the Argentine Pavilion at the Biennale.

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About Santiago Gasquet
Santiago Gasquet was born in Buenos Aires (Argentina), where he is living and working at the moment. He currently co-directs the PIEDRAS gallery, an independent space for contemporary art exhibition, production, research and commercialization, self-managed by a group of artists in the city of Buenos Aires. In 2021 he begins to curate Swab Barcelona’s Emerging Program sub-section, Focus LATAM, which will present the most emerging proposals of the Latin American contemporary art scene.

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Moria Galería, Buenos Aires

SWAB talks with… Kosmos

“I am art. I am Barcelona. I am Swab” is a series of interviews with relevant people of the Barcelona creative environment, whose aim is to enhance the cultural network of the city.

Today we talk to Kosmos, dj and electronic music pioneer in Spain.

I am Kosmos. I am art. I am Barcelona. I am Swab.


In one sentence, how would you describe your relationship with music?
It is a visceral relationship. I think, breathe, eat and dream music. And I work with it by transforming it, twisting it, mixing it…

A place in the city that connects you with art?
There are many, but one that I particularly like is the Mies Van Der Rohe Hall.

If Barcelona was an art work, what would you name it?
Boat, sky and waves

A message to young creatives?
To be themselves, not to be influenced by trends and to forget a little bit about social medias.

What projects are currently keeping you busy?
I have recovered an old production project, which I share with Xavier and Eduard Alarcón: Vanguard, in which we are working again. I’m still working on my radio show “303” on Betevé with Ginebra, on Shadow Traxx with Oddzero. I’m also still working on my record label Tempesta Music. I’m looking forward to performing in front of the public again, especially in my residencies Bass Bunny, Nitsa (both at Apolo) and Macarena. I also have a project with my wife Natalia Politowa and the Raima paper shop, called “Evenings At Raima” where we try to mix art and music once a month.

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Kosmos is not a dj that leaves you unmoved. Pioneer of electronic music in Spain, his importance in the evolution of our nightclubs culture is undoubted, being not only an elite dj, but also an activist. He also hosts the program of radio 303 en Betevé, produces under the names such as Vanguard and Shadow Traxx and runs his record label Tempesta Music.