Swab 2021 Curator Talks with Jérôme Pantalacci

Swab Barcelona talks to the members of the 2021 selection committee.
Today we speak with… Jérôme Pantalacci

Swab Barcelona is proud to present its selection committee, which will be in charge of casting the international and national galleries that will be part of the program of its 14th edition.

Founder and director of ART-O-RAMA, contemporary art fair in Marseille. He previously worked at the Roger Pailhas gallery and in the organization “Art Dealers”, the art fair created by Roger Pailhas, held in the gallery’s 1000 m² space. As for his academic background, Pantalacci studied a master’s degree in visual arts at the University of Aix-Marseille.

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What are you busy working with at the moment?
Currently I’m preparing the upcoming edition of Art-o-rama that will be held in Marseille from August 27 to 29.

What would you say are the common patterns that define your curatorial work?
I don’t define my work as a curatorial practice, but, I think the common patterns that could define my involvement in the art world are curiosity, exchanges and encounters. 

What are three traits you look for in an emerging artist?
If I should give 3 qualities I look for in artists, not only emerging, I would say honesty, sensitivity, cleverness.

Tell us something from the art world you’d like to see more of and something you’d like to see less of in 2021?
I would like to see more artworks, art events and people and less cancellations.

If you could give a piece of advice for emerging galleries that are starting off in 2021, what would it be?
They have to know what they are doing and why and to carefully take risks.

What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned while selecting galleries for Swab?
That I can discover interesting artists and galleries from every part of the world, often rarely seen in others European art fairs.

Tell us something a fair must and something a fair must-not for you to find it interesting?
A fair must be surprising and must-not be boring.

What are you looking forward to seeing in Swab 2021?
I’m looking forward to seeing what I’m not expecting.

Swab 2021 Selection Committee

Jérôme Pantalacci
Domenico de Chirico
Omar Lopez-Chahoud

Giuseppe Casarotto
Jose Luis Lorenzo
Marie Elena Ángulo


SWAB 2021 exhibitors submissions are now open.

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