We talk with Domenico de Chirico

Domenico de Chirico is an independent curator from Italy. Born in Bari in 1983, he lives and works in Milan. From 2011 until 2015 he was a professor in “Visual Culture” and “Trend Research” at Milan’s European Institute of Design (IED). He collaborates with a number of international artists, galleries, institutions, art fairs, art prizes, and magazines worldwide. He has been artistic director at DAMA Fair, Turin since 2016. He was also a visiting tutor at Goldsmiths, University of London (2018); Network Event for Young Curators, LISTE – Art Fair Basel, Basel (2018). Upcoming exhibitions and researches (2019/20): Swab Barcelona Contemporary Art Fair, Barcelona (committee member); Matteo Olivero Award 2019 (advisor), among others; Exhibitions in various venues and cities, among which: Moscow, Turin, Milan, Venice, Montréal, Hamburg, Tbilisi, Zürich, Munich, Poznan?, Berlin, Istanbul, and so forth.


What does young art represent in the international panorama?

Beyond the scope of possibility in economic terms, young art keeps alive the incredibly intricate contemporary art scene with its fresh take, hope and knowledge. Furthermore, I would like to underline that I’d prefer to talk about emerging art scene, rather than young art.

What role is art going to play in a world ruled by technology and immediacy?

Undeniably both technology and immediacy are nowadays visibly playing an important role in today's era of globalization and huge technological changes in everyday life, and the art scene is definitely an integral part of this approach.

What part are collectors and curators supposed to play at an art fair?

For various and obvious reasons, collectors and curators are equally important in order to guarantee economic and curatorial support and investment and the success of mobility depends on these conditions being met, in this one perfect moment which facilitates conscious encounters.

What sets Swab Barcelona a part from other fairs? What can Swab Barcelona contribute to the art world that other fairs can not?

The host city makes the difference itself, and also because it properly works as a metaphorical bridge between Europe and Latin America and a number of other countries

Why should people attend Swab Barcelona?

What I find very attractive about Swab is its democratic will: the fair offers a perfect balance between emerging proposals and well established projects. Furthermore, it provides the visitor with a very interesting portrait of what is happening on the international artistic scene, reuniting galleries and independent spaces from all over the world. All in all, I believe that people should go to Swab to keep their curiosity alive.