SWAB 2021 CURATOR TALKS
by CAROLINA DÍEZ-CASCÓN
Tell us your favorite moment at Swab 2021
My favorite moment is the arrival of the exhibitors for the first time at the fair, that’s when we start creating the family of each edition and exchanging the energy and excitement of so many different countries and artistic contexts coming together in the pavilion.
What’s something you discovered at Swab 2021 that really sticked to your mind?
That’s a hard question, since this edition presented very vibrant and high-quality proposals.
I would highlight both of the focus, Eastern Europe and LATAM, which for many were the most revealing in terms of discovering galleries and artists. I found particularly interesting the proposal of Sofie Švejdová from Karpuchina Gallery.
Other proposals that caught my eye were the work of Anjuli Rathod at Selenas Mountain, the booth proposal of Green Parrot at Seed and also, probably due to my background in fashion, I was very passionate about Christian Newby pieces at Patricia Fleming.
What’s something you saw at Swab 2021 that you don’t typically see at other fairs?
What I find very unique about Swab is the combination of its wide and international proposals, with several curated projects and parallel events, with the fact that it’s a small family-run art fair.
It is a fair that gathers the latest trends of the contemporary art world and visiting it allows you to see new proposals yet to be shown at other fairs or platforms. All in all, I think Swab is a reference to discover unknown emerging proposals.
How would you describe Swab 2021 to someone who couldn’t visit it?
Revealing and cool
What projects are keeping you busy these days?
Working on Swab 2022 edition, plenty of exciting things to come.
About Carolina Díez-Cascón
Carolina Diez-Cascon is a designer and art director who works in the fields of contemporary art, fashion and film. As a designer, she runs her own label, Echo 77, and has been part, among others, of the teams of Jean Paul Gaultier in Paris and Jeremy Scott in LA. Since 2015 she is the art director of contemporary art fair Swab Barcelona where she also curates the special programs On Paper, which explores the wide possibilities of the material, and Focus, with topics as video art from South East Asia and Emerging Talent from South Korea. In film, she has worked as a VJ for clubs as Apolo or Razzmatazz, has created several video installations and fashion films and has been the production designer of the feature film MBAH JHIWO (Ancient Soul) premiered in 2021’s Berlinale Film Festival.