For more than a decade, Swab has been working on the basis of a series of invariable values that define the character and philosophy of the fair, and this year, in view of the health emergency, the safety of our gallerists and visitors is at the forefront. The protection of Swab participants is our top priority, and therefore, exploring formats and ways to respond to the new reality, we proudly present an exclusively digital edition.
Swab has created a 3D virtual environment through which visitors can walk the corridors of the Italian Pavilion as if they were at the physical event, and can do so through any mobile device or computer, without having to leave home. Immersive technology and artistic quality are two of the distinctive qualities of this new edition which, from October, will be accessible to everyone via a free, international App.
At the same time, for the second consecutive year, Swab will have online coverage of Artsy, which will present the artistic proposals of the edition on its digital platform.
As this is an extraordinary edition, Swab 2020 will be held over two weeks, from 1 to 15 October 2020, and up to 70 international galleries will take part.
As in each edition, SWAB Barcelona will reward its participants for their contribution to emerging talent and contemporary art. This 2020, despite the fact that the fair will be held virtually, it will continue to award the Espronceda residency prize with an artistic stay in its Barcelona installations; the DKV prize to the best Spanish artist, the MANGO prize to the best emerging artist and the drawing prize Colección Diezy7, whose winning work is selected by a jury formed by curators and contemporary art critics.
Another of the classic points of the fair is its acquisition programme, which this year is formed by the Vila Casas Foundation, the Carmen & Lluís Bassat Foundation, the Civit Collection, the Lluís Coromina Foundation, the Manuel Expósito Collection and the incorporation of the Sorigué Foundation in this edition.
As it does every year, SWAB Barcelona promotes an international collecting programme that aims to expand the private collections of its participants and to encourage new collectors by introducing them to the knowledge and acquisition of contemporary art. This year, the programme will be switched to digital format, maintaining the activities as virtual visits to the homes of collectors from more than 7 different countries, such as Jose Luis Lorenzo from Argentina, Steven Guberek from Colombia, Alberto Rebaza from Peru, Josep Maria Civit from Barcelona or Alejandra Castro Rioseco from Dubai, getting to know in detail their most recent acquisitions and their most unique pieces.
Artists, gallery owners, collectors and professionals in the sector will find in Swab another year a meeting point to attend talks, round tables and debates on art and current affairs. This year, the talks will take place via videoconference and will be in the following formats
-1+1: 2 minute clips in which we will introduce our artists and gallery owners through our IGTV channel on Instagram.
-10 minutes, 10 processes: studio visits by the participating artists Ephemeral, who will show us their workshops at the Factories of Creation in Barcelona: La Escocesa, Hangar and Fabra i Coats. Other international residencies associated with the fair will also be part of this initiative, which will be communicated shortly.
-Collaboration with ArtSuper: ArtSuper is once again associated with Swab 2020 as one of its main media partners, and is carrying out a communication campaign in collaboration with the fair that includes a take over of our social networks, a series of interviews, a TOP 5 by the members of the Committee, and an analysis of the works exhibited at Swab.
List of exhibitors:
80m2 Livia Benavides, Lima
ADN Galeria, Barcelona
Ana Mas Projects, Hospitalet de Llobregat
Artis Galería, Córdoba
A+B Gallery, Brescia
Embajada, San Juan
Espacio Fotográfico Carlos Caamaño, Lima
Espai Tactel Toormix, Barcelona-Valencia
etHALL, Hospitalet de Llobregat
Factoría Santa Rosa, Santiago de Chile
Gachi Prieto, Buenos Aires
Gallery Nosco, London /Marseille
Lily Robert, Paris
Miranda Bosch, Buenos Aires
MM Gallery, Buenos Aires
Pabellon4 Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires
Pablo Gallery, Taguig
Palmadotze, SMMonjos – Barcelona
Pantocrator Gallery, Suzhou
Quimera, Buenos Aires
RoFa Projects, Potomac
Sagrada Mercancía, Santiago
SMART Gallery, Buenos Aires
The Blink Project, Valencia
Tokio Galería, Lima
Swab on Paper
Alfa Gallery, Miami
Artists: Bea Last, Maarja Nurk and Gamaliel Herrera
MM Gallery, Buenos Aires
Artist: Carolina Simonelli
Artists: Chloé Arrouy, Martin Coste and Anthony Ngoya
Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London
Artist: Varvara Shavrova
PIEDRAS, Buenos Aires
Artist: Teresa Giarcovich
Ravnikar Gallery Space, Eslovenia
Artist: Maja Babic Kosir