Fotos Journal Swab

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.