Ephemeral 2021

Swab presents Ephemeral 2021

And your moves are so slow

This edition of Ephemeral is focused on the contemporary present with a slow but steady pace that pays attention to the effects of this moment that pass through us and that we can’t see. It looks at the consequences, the circumstances and also the resistances that four artists currently living and working in Barcelona display through their artistic practices.

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Helena Vinent (La Escocesa)

to kosie (Hangar)

Curated by Caterina Almirall and Margot Cuevas, this program presents installation proposals by artists in residence at the Fàbriques de Creació in Barcelona: Fabra i Coats, Hangar and La Escocesa. The works exhibited in this section play with space and interaction with the visitor.

La Escocesa, Barcelona
Artists: Joana Capella and Helena Vinent

Hangar, Barcelona
Artist: to kosie (Katarzyna Kosierdarzka)

Fabra i Coats, Barcelona
Artist: Alexander Arilla

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Alexander Arilla (Fabra i Coats)

Joana Capella (La Escocesa)

B E A S W A B B E R !

October 7 to 10, 2021.
Pabellón italiano (Fira de Montjuïc), 
Barcelona, Spain.

Swab Reading 2021


Swab presents Swab Reading 2021

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Monorhetorik

Swab Reading is a program that seeks to merge design and reading, art and publishing. This edition, Swab continues to create a space for publishing disciplines and invites two international projects to exhibit their books: Monorhetorik, the publishing house of Dutch visual artist Matt Plezier, and American artist Rafael Meléndez.
Through their art on paper, Pleizer and Meléndez explore the different concepts of abstract forms in urban spaces, metaphors against the homogeneous, the uniform, and the polished.

Monorhetorik, Amsterdam

Rafael Melendez, London

Reading
Rafael Melendez

B E A S W A B B E R !

October 7 to 10, 2021.
Pabellón italiano (Fira de Montjuïc), 
Barcelona, Spain.

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SWAB TALKS WITH… Jordi Coll

“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 Jordi Coll, an actor trained in theater and musical comedy.

I am Jordi Coll. I am art. I am Barcelona. I am Swab.


A word that describes Barcelona?
Walk around

Is your place of creation, the studio, inspired by your city?
Absolutely. During rehearsal periods, what I do most is walk around the city, stopping to read the text, memorize it…

If Barcelona was an art work, what would you name it?
Step by step

A place in the city that connects you with art?
The bar of Sala Beckett

A message to young creatives?
Move as much as they can. Explore creative avenues or different scenic forms. Soak up what others don’t do. Music, painting, theater, … everything. We are in a very fucked up time. The best we can do is to tell it in every possible way and without fear.

S W A B   W I T H   U S . . .

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Trained in theater and musical comedy, he debuted in 2007 in the musical FAMA. Later he participated in the productions of GREASE, HAIR, MOLT SOROLL PER NO RES, ELS JOCS FLORALS DE CANPROSA, EL PETIT PRÍNCEP and currently in the play SOPAR AMB BATALLA. In television he has participated in series such as MERLÍ. SAPERE AUDE, MADRES, EL INOCENTE, LA OTRA MIRADA, EL SECRETO DE PUENTE VIEJO, ACACIAS 38, EL INCIDENTE, INFIDELS and EL MINISTERIO DEL TIEMPO. He also participated in the seventh edition of the program TU CARA ME SUENA.

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Swab Emerging 2021


Swab presents Swab Emerging 2021

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One more year Swab Barcelona presents the subsection of the General Program: Swab Emerging, exhibiting galleries with a trajectory of less than five years that already have a consolidated position in the international circuit.

The participants in this edition are:

A.MORE Gallery, Milan

Andrea Festa Fine Art, Rome

Bark Berlin Gallery, Berlin

Cave-Ayumi Gallery, Tokyo

Dilalica, Barcelona

Selenas Mountain, New York

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Andrea Festa Fine Art
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A.MORE Gallery

B E A S W A B B E R !

October 7 to 10, 2021.
Pabellón italiano (Fira de Montjuïc),
Barcelona, Spain.

Tickets coming soon!

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Focus LATAM 2021


Swab presents Focus LATAM 2021

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Focus LATAM joins Swab as a curated section within the Emerging program curated by Santiago Gasquet, co-director of PIEDRAS (Buenos Aires), which will present the most emerging proposals of the Latin American contemporary art scene.

The participants in this edition are:

+ Arte Galería, Quito

Constitución, Buenos Aires

Margen, Santiago de Chile

Moria Galería, Buenos Aires

Selvanegra Galería, Buenos Aires

Vigil Gonzales, Cuzco

B E A S W A B B E R !

October 7 to 10, 2021.
Pabellón italiano (Fira de Montjuïc),
Barcelona, Spain.

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SWAB TALKS WITH… Ricardo Bofill

“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 Ricardo Bofill, architect and postmodernist urban planner as well as founder of the Taller de Arquitectura created in 1963.

I am Ricardo Bofill. I am art. I am Barcelona. I am Swab.


A word that describes Barcelona?
Individualism.

Is your place of creation, the studio, inspired by your city?
I live and work in a cement factory that is part of Barcelona’s industrial heritage.

If Barcelona was an art work, what would you name it?
The Eixample and Gaudí.

A place in the city that connects you with art?
The church of Santa Maria del Mar.

A message to young creatives?
Energy and discipline.

S W A B   W I T H   U S . . .

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In 1963 Ricardo Bofill brought together a multidisciplinary team to tackle the complexity of architectural practice. Architects, engineers, urban planners, sociologists, writers, film directors and philosophers formed what is now known as the Taller d’Arquitectura.
The evolution of the Taller d’Arquitectura, marked by the stimulus and vitalist vision of Ricardo Bofill, has gone through a series of practical and theoretical changes, partly related to the political and social transformations of recent years. The analysis of Bofill’s work as a whole reveals a high degree of coherence produced by a unique trajectory and language.

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MYFAF 2021


Swab presents MYFAF 2021

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Once again this year, Swab Barcelona 2021 presents its youngest section, My First Art Fair, a program that grants the participation of four emerging galleries that, with less than two years of trajectory, have not yet participated in any international contemporary art fair.

Swab presents this initiative as a way to launch these projects in the international trade fair circuit and offer them a first experience in the sector. 

The participants in this edition are:

Duplex, Lisbon

Kino Tonalà, Mexico City

ORR, Brescia

Yudik One, Brescia

Kino Tonalá, Jorge Rosano Gamboa

Spazio ORR, Struan Teague

B E A S W A B B E R !

October 7 to 10, 2021.
Pabellón italiano (Fira de Montjuïc),
Barcelona, Spain.

Tickets coming soon!

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Swab warms up its engines

SWAB BARCELONA RETURNS WITH AN ON-SITE EDITION
THAT REVIVES COLOR AFTER THE PANDEMIC,
WITH PAINTING AS THE PROTAGONIST.

After a global pandemic context, Barcelona’s contemporary art fair returns to its on-site format, taking painting and color as main characters.

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Hand to hand, Samuel Henne.

On October 7, Swab Barcelona will welcome 80 local and international galleries that will bring to the Italian Pavilion the newest 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.

As every edition, the fair presents its General Program, which this year features local galleries such as ADN Galería, Galería Senda, Galería Alegría, Ana Mas Projects, Max Estrella, Aural Galería, Galería Fran Reus or House of Chappaz, among others, and international exhibitors such as Piedras Galería, Gallery Nosco, Lily Robert, Patricia Fleming or Zeller Van Almsick.

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Helena Vinent, La Escocesa, Barcelona. Swab Ephemeral 2021.
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In addition, highlighting its mission as a platform for new talents, the fair will once again present Swab Emerging, the subsection of the General Program dedicated to galleries less than five years old that are already showing promising signs in the international context, such as CAVE-AYUMIGALLERYDilalicaSelenas MountainBARK BERLIN GALLERYAndrea Festa Fina Art and A.MORE Gallery.

This year, as a novelty, Swab Emerging introduces Focus LATAM, a section curated by Santiago Gasquet, co-director of PIEDRAS (Buenos Aires), which will present the most emerging proposals of the Latin American contemporary art scene: + Arte Galería, Constitución, Margen, Moria Galería, Selvanegra Galería and Vigil Gonzales. Focus LATAM’s proposals explore social issues from the point of view of magic, surrealism and new realities.

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Constitución, Buenos Aires. Emerging-Focus LATAM 2021.
Llévame a conocer el oceano, Micaela Piñero 2019.

Following this line, the special program of this edition will focus on Eastern Europe, and will bring to Barcelona six emerging projects that explore the post-pandemic world from the vision of young artists. Among the participants of this Focus are Krupa Gallery, NoD, Ravnikar Gallery and Photoport.

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Covid-Playgrounds, Post Noviki 2020.

Another novelty this year is that Swab Performance, the fair’s performance program, is headed to the streets and will be carried out in the city’s exhibition spaces. The program will be curated by Gisela Chillida, who will select four performances to be presented in four Barcelona galleries during the two weeks prior to the fair. This change of format responds to the desire to generate a cultural circuit that runs through Barcelona and its most representative galleries. Chillida is committed to a curatorial line that (re)thinks the idea of presence, the occupation of a physical space in the now.

On the other hand, this years edition consolidates Swab Ephemeral, the installation section of the fair, presenting works by artists living in Barcelona’s creative factories. This year, the selection of curators Caterina Almirall and Margot Cuevas includes pieces by Joana Capella and Helena Vinent (La Escocesa)to kosie (Hangar) and Alexander Arilla (Fabra i Coats). This year’s artistic proposals have mostly a political, critical, social and feminist background, projects that will play with space and explore the interaction with the visitor.

Another of the fair’s ongoing curated programs is Swab on Paper, a section curated by Carolina Diez-Cascón that explores the possibilities of paper as a tool and as a technique. This year, Diez-Cascón explores a young society that oscillates between digital and analog, a reality that has surpassed the physical dimension, creating surreal panoramas through digital deformation or collage. Among the participants in this program are Transmitter and Montoro12.

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Moria Galería, Buenos Aires. Emerging-Focus LATAM 2021.
Una historia de la prestidigitacion, Laura Ojeda Bär 2020-2021.

Following the line of the usual programs, Swab continues to bet on its youngest proposals, Swab Seed and MYFAF. The former, the most experimental section of the fair, welcomes projects that escape the traditional gallery concept and work with alternative exhibition formats. Among the international participants are ad/adNew Jörg and AA Collections, among others, and the local spaces joining this edition, sponsored once again by the Fundació Vila Casas, are Chiquita RoomEspai ColonaFaseTangent Projects and The Green Parrot.

MYFAF, on the other hand, is positioned as the program for galleries that have just started their journeys, as it grants the participation of four exhibition spaces that have not yet participated in an art fair. This year’s participants are DuplexKino TonaláORR and Yudik One.

Finally, in its aim to explore new exhibition formats, Swab continues to make room for the publishing discipline with the Swab Reading program, a section that aims to give voice to projects halfway between publication and artistic object. This year’s participants are Monorhetorik and Rafael Melendez.

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Selenas Mountain, Nueva York. Emerging 2021.
Philosophical meditation, Larissa De Jesús Negrón, 2020.

Beyond its artistic program, Swab Barcelona maintains its satellite activities, such as Swab Thinks, a series of online talks and debates with curators and relevant professionals from the art world. On the other hand, Swab will maintain its space for children and families within the fair, Swab Kids, this year in collaboration with Plom Gallery and Grapat, which join forces to stimulate the creativity of the youngest art lovers and that will promote, in parallel, meetings between parents and mothers artists to have open conversations about family reconciliation with artistic practice.

Thus, Swab Barcelona is consolidated as a fair with a human dimension, which seeks to be a platform for the discovery of new voices of contemporary art from a sustainable cultural production and gender perspective. Finally, hand in hand with the digitalization platform ARTLAND, Swab maintains a virtualization of the fair parallel to the on-site event, giving everyone access to its proposals and favoring the international projection of its participants.

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NoD, Praga. Focus East of Europe 2021.
Deat Row, Julius Reichel 2018.

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SWAB TALKS WITH… Roberta Bosco

“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 Roberta Bosco, journalist specialized in contemporary art and digital culture.

I am Roberta Bosco. I am art. I am Barcelona. I am Swab.


A word that describes Barcelona?
I think Barcelona is a city full of possibilities, but lately it reminds me of a video game, every day a new level, a new difficulty.

Is your place of creation, the studio, inspired by your city?
Yes, of course, but it doesn’t end with the suburbs. It extends like a chaotic world map that reflects all the places I have known and lived. 

If Barcelona was an art work, what would you name it?
If it were a work of art “Untitled”, if it were a novel “Desert of the Tartars” or “Trap 22” to emphasize its nature or virtue of being unresolved.

A place in the city that connects you with art?
I believe that art resides in the eye. However, if I had to guide someone for the first time in Barcelona I think I would start with the Borne. 

A message to young creatives?
Fly, you fools!

S W A B   W I T H   U S . . .

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Roberta Bosco is a specialized journalist in contemporary art and digital culture. Since 1998 she has written regularly for the newspaper El País. She is a correspondent from Spain for Il Giornale dell’Arte, the leading Italian art magazine. She collaborates with several Spanish and international media. Together with Stefano Caldana, she has curated several exhibitions, most recently Faces: A Dialogue between the Es Baluard Collection and the BEEP Collection of Electronic Art at Es Baluard in Palma de Mallorca, Creative Approximations at the Reus Art Museum and Harddiskmuseum in Virtual Reality at Arts Santa Mònica in Barcelona.
Her projects include the expanded and itinerant exhibition Donkijote.org at Laboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial in Gijón, the participatory editorial experience ARCO Bloggers for the contemporary art fair ARCOmadrid and Remote Connection at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA), the first exhibition of net.art in a Spanish museum.
All her activity is gathered in the website El Arte en la Edad del Silicio (Art in the Silicon Age).

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Swab Seed 2021


Swab presents Swab Seed 2021

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Swab Seed showcases ten independent and artist-run spaces that share experimentation as a common denominator. Swab Seed seeks to give visibility to new platforms and proposals that are shaking up the contemporary scene. For this edition, Swab Seed joins forces with Fundació Vila Casas, which sponsors the participation of four independent Catalan spaces.

AA Collections, Vienna

ad / ad, Hannover

Chiquita Room, Barcelona

Espai Colona, Barcelona

Fase, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat

FILAF, Perpignan

GiG Munich, Munich

New Jörg, Vienna

Tangent Projects, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat

The Green Parrot, Barcelona

VF Art Projects, Luxembourg

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Espai Colona, Stephanie Williams

IN COLLABORATION WITH

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B E A S W A B B E R !

October 7 to 10, 2021.
Pabellón italiano (Fira de Montjuïc),
Barcelona, Spain.

Tickets coming soon!

SWAB TALKS WITH… Barbara Aurell

“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 speak with Barbara Aurell, the interior designer who decorates art with love.

I am Barbara Aurell. I am art. I am Barcelona. I am Swab.


A word that describes Barcelona?
Home.

Is your place of creation, the studio, inspired by your city?  
Absolutely, for Barcelona and all the people who live there. When I’m in a creative process for a project I usually walk around the city to get inspired. I invite my clients to “stop” with me, observe their surroundings and tell me how they want to live.  

If Barcelona was an art work, what would you name it?
Blue

A place in the city that connects you with art?
I like to sit in front of MACBA and watch in silence and see the skaters with the white backdrop of the building in the background.

A message to young creatives?
Work hard, constantly and above all with passion. Travel and be inspired by everything around them. Be authentic and live intensely!

And how do you want to live?

S W A B   W I T H   U S . . .

Vocational interior designer and founder of Espacio Blanco Estudio, where she offers interior design services, architecture, creativity and markets her own furniture brand EEB.

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SWAB TALKS WITH… Jordi Montaña

“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 Jordi Montaña, President of FAD and professor emeritus at ESADE.

I am Jordi Montaña. I am art. I am Barcelona. I am Swab.


A word that describes Barcelona?
Open.

Is your place of creation, the studio, inspired by your city?
Yes, certainly, very much.

If Barcelona was an art work, what would you name it?
Spring dream.

A place in the city that connects you with art?
L’Eixample.

A message to young creatives?
Never stop working tirelessly.

S W A B   W I T H   U S . . .

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Jordi Montaña is currently the president of FAD, Foment de les Arts i el Disseny; vice-president I of the Xarxa Vives de Universitats, XVU, and emeritus professor at ESADE, Universitat Ramon Llull. He has developed in parallel an academic career to become university rector along with a professional career with various management positions related to design, innovation and culture. He has numerous scientific and popular publications.