Swab presents Emerging Latam 2023

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Collectio, Santiago de Chile. Emerging Latam

Focus LATAM, a section curated by Santiago Gasquet, co-director of PIEDRAS (Buenos Aires), is presented as a platform for exchange between management projects that promote recent productions by Latin American artists.

The section brings together six spaces that operate in the cities of Lima, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Salta and Madrid, and focuses on the richness of the different ways of carrying out models of representation and promotion of young artists in each context.


Bloc Art, Lima

Collectio, Santiago de Chile

Espacio Enhorabuena, Madrid

Galeria Grasa, Buenos Aires

Now Gallery, Lima

Remota Galería, Salta

Ehb Espacio

Espacio Enhorabuena, Madrid. Emerging Latam


We talk to Santiago Gasquet
He currently co-directs the PIEDRAS gallery, an independent space for the exhibition, production, research and commercialisation of contemporary art, self-managed by a group of artists in the city of Buenos Aires. He also coordinates the platform PUENTE, which works as a mediation between projects from different latitudes linked to the visual arts, carrying out residencies in different parts of the country and putting artists, curators and cultural managers in dialogue with each other.

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– As a curator, what do you think makes Swab special or different as a fair?

From my experience, Swab is a fair with a friendly and seductive scale that proposes a number and diversity of international projects possible to visit and learn about. Visitors can find a representative range of different currents and geographies without becoming overwhelmed.

– What artistic or curatorial trends do you think will be established in the coming years?

Painting continues to predominate at fairs. We can also see more presence of sculpture and textile formats, without failing to mention hybrid productions or those related to new technologies. I believe that being attentive, being curious and making visible scenes that are experiencing effervescence and presenting dissonant reflections, is a way to propose artists who offer alternatives to the dominant discourses in the coming years.

– What are you interested in seeing or discovering at the fair in this new edition?

I am interested in exploring and discovering proposals that attract me without mediation. Personally, I really enjoy meeting artists and galleries who work on the margins and set out to show these ways of carrying out a project at fairs. They tend to be proposals that stand out in Swab and that is what I try to encourage to happen in Focus Latam.

– What projects or artists are you working on now? What topics have you been concerned about in your research lately?

I am currently working on curatorial projects in South America and Spain, in addition to my work as co-director of the PIEDRAS gallery in Buenos Aires.

*Cover image courtesy of Espacio Enhorabuena, Madrid