Fleur & Wouter, Amsterdam
Swab Barcelona announces the dates for its 17th edition, which will take place from October 3rd to 6th at the Textile Pavilion of Fira de Barcelona. The fair will welcome over 70 local and international galleries showcasing the latest trends in the international art scene. The selection of participating galleries will be curated by members of the Selection Committee, composed of the following curators and collectors:
- Omar López-Chahoud, independent curator and director of UNTITLED
- Jérôme Pantalacci, independent curator and director of Art-o-Rama
- Isa Natalia Castilla, co-owner and co-director of Material Art Fair
- Domenico de Chirico, independent curator
- Jesper Stieler, collector and member of the Danish Collecting Society
- Marie Elena Angulo, collector and Patron of the Contemporary Art Society in London and member of the Board of Oolite Arts Miami
- Pedro Jaile, collector
- Jose Luís Lorenzo, collector, and member of the Latin American Art Acquisitions Committee of the Tate Modern, London
Omar Lopez Chahod, Jérôme Pantalacci, Isa Natalia Catilla and Domenico de Chirico
José Luiz Lorenzo, Marie Elena Angulo, Jesper Stieler and Pedro Jaile
Each edition of Swab is distinguished by its carefully curated artistic programming, which is segmented into various programs within the fair. Among them, the General Program stands out, hosting galleries with a consolidated presence in the art circuit. Also noteworthy is its subsection, Emerging, composed of galleries with less than 5 years of trajectory but already firmly established in the artistic field, shaping the epicenter of the fair with proposals from emerging artists in the current artistic panorama.
Adding to this panorama, galleries entering the art market with their first participation in a fair are included through the MYFAF program, where Swab offers grants to three galleries with less than 2 years of existence and no previous experience in fairs, providing them with a stand free of charge to facilitate their initial foray into the international market.
In coherence with its essence, Swab maintains a strong commitment to independent and curated programs. An example of this is the well-established Seed section, which encompasses projects that transcend the conventional concept of a gallery and are linked to self-managed independent spaces, all united by their dedication to experimentation. Likewise, the Solo section, inaugurated in the previous edition, focuses on independent projects from the Mediterranean area. In this edition, it expands its horizons by inviting a specific territory to participate in a dialogue and establish connections, under the curation of an emerging curator.
To conclude, we highlight the curated programs focused on geographical areas, such as LATAM, curated by Santiago Gasquet, as well as Focus Asia and Video Box. These programs will explore connections and reflections of creative realities between territories.
Galería Fermay, Palma de Mallorca