Meet the committee members: Omar López-Chahoud

We spoke to Omar López-Chahoud.

Artistic director of UNTITLED. His trajectory as an independent curator covers numerous exhibitions in the global context, like the Nicaraguan Biennial in March 2014, and curatorial panels at major institutions such as the MoMA PS1 and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.

What was your favorite moment at Swab 2022?

My favorite moment at SWAB 2022 was discovering new galleries from regions such as Eastern Europe and Asia and many artists that I was not familiar with.

What did you discover at Swab 2022? 

I discovered a good number of artists making experimental multimedia work that I could easily include in some of the exhibitions that I’m currently curating.

What makes Swab different as a trade show?

SWAB is different to other fairs in terms of the number of international emerging galleries, that present cutting edge work that have the potential to grow in an interesting direction.

Where do you think the new trends in emerging art are heading in the coming years?

The new trends in contemporary art are heading towards the inclusion of digital technology as part of the art making process. Artists are starting to view the world differently due to social media, conceptually it is reflected in the art produced by younger generations of artists.

What projects are keeping you busy at the moment?

Currently, I am working with artists from Mesoamerica and curating an exhibition in New York and Paris.

What was the last work you added to your collection?

The last work that I added to my collection was a piece by a young artist from Colombia that was exhibiting at Untitled, Art Miami Beach.