Swab Thinks 2020


Swab Thinks is a space for open dialogue between artists, curators, collectors, cultural managers and the general public to think together about the transformations of the contemporary world and the place of artistic practice in it.

This year, and due to Covid-19, Swab Thinks 2020 offers the audience a program of dynamic talks such as round tables, studio visits or tours trough private collections, providing a platform for visibility and interaction for you to get involved in this edition of the digital fair, trying to create a virtual reality close to what we would have in a real contact.

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1 + 1

Discover the faces and stories behind the Swab 2020 exhibitors.

The 1+1 program are 2 minute clips where the artists and galleries of this edition present a more intimate look at their works, working spaces and processes, making the virtual world an ideal space for interconnectivity.

Via: Instagram & Vimeo

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Get to know the workplace where Ephemeral artists think, live and create their work.

10 min x 3 processes are ten-minute capsules where you can get to know the work spaces of three artists from the Ephemeral program of the Factories of Creation of Barcelona: Fabra i Coats, Hangar and La Escocesa.

Participants: Maria Alcaide (Fabra i Coats), Eulàlia García (Hangar) and Paula Bruna (La Escocesa).

Via: Instagram & Vimeo

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In Da House

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In Da House recovers this colloquial expression from a double objective. On the one hand, it proposes an encounter between diverse independent proposals linked to the Catalan artistic context; on the other hand, it invites you to follow it and participate from your home.
Swab Seed (2015) was born within Swab Art Fair as a parallel program dedicated to independent spaces, and since then it has offered a possible local, national and international panorama focused on the intensity and power of such initiatives. Beyond the institutional work, independent spaces have always been able to reflect the immediate present of artistic practices, assuming levels of experimentation that museums, art centers and galleries have not achieved. For this reason, reflecting on them means reflecting on the essence of dedicating oneself to art: doing what you want to do without anyone proposing it.

Participants: the independent spaces of Swab Seed 2020 with a grant from the Fundació Vila Casas, moderated by David Armengol.

Where: Vimeo (recording of the live)
Talk in Spanish

The Artist’s Home – ESPRONCEDA

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The winning artists of the Espronceda Price will talk about their experience as artists in residence in a year in which the world is experiencing a pandemic, long periods of isolation and uncertainty.

Participants: Savina Tarsitano, Holger & Henrik Sprengel (Directors of Espronceda) and the winners of Espronceda Price: Andrés Waissman (Gachi Prieto) and Gillian King (Galerie Nicolas Robert).

Where: Vimeo (recording of the live)
Talk in English