Swab Barcelona

Transformation of Contemporary Art in the 12th edition of Swab Barcelona Art Fair

Discover innovative artistic proposals and meet first-hand local and international artists who are committed to exploring the limits of expression. The International Contemporary Art Fair Swab Barcelona Art Fair has reopened its doors until next Sunday in the Italian Pavilion of the Fira de Montjuïch.

Creators who open the way to what will be the future scenario of contemporary art. With this premise its Director Joaquín Díez- Cascón gave the starting signal yesterday, Thursday, during the press pass to what is already its 12th edition, confirming the presence of 75 galleries from the 5 continents. An edition that will also allow, thanks to the platform Artsy to be able to visit the fair in real time, as well as ADD TO CART on all the stands.

About 15,000 visitors have visited Swab in its respective editions. With the aim of surpassing this figure, this year it proposes various curated programmes, prizes and activities that aim to demonstrate during this weekend that this unmissable event with contemporary art can be much more than a fair.

From the General Program, to the MYFAF (My First Art Fair), including the Swab Emerging with galleries that have already participated in fairs but have a maximum of 5 years of experience; the Swab Seed; the Swab On Paper curated by Carolina Díez-Cascón with surprising creations developed on this support; Ephemeral curated by Caterina Almirall that supports the creative fabric of the city with the participation of artists in residence in Barcelona's factories of creation such as Hangar, La Escocesa and Fabra i Coats; Reading; México en Femenino that vindicates the position of women in this context through the work of four artists; Swab Kids; Swab Performance and Swab Thinks; make the activities and initiatives carried out this year turn contemporary art into a challenge with total capacity for transformation.

In particular, the MYFAF program gives the opportunity, since 2011, for a Gallery young woman who has never participated in a fair to present her proposal under the full sponsorship of the organization. This year there are four participants in this section: Dilalica, Noadress Gallery, Soyuz e Hiato Projects who bet on such groundbreaking works as those of Italian artist Stefania Zocco, for example.

Creating synergies between the public, the artists, the galleries and the curators is one of the objectives of this fair founded in 2006 by a collector like Joaquín Díez-Cascón who wanted to unite two of his great passions: Barcelona and contemporary art. A unique opportunity that allows to exchange impressions with someone who represents the veteran in the sector as it is Pilar Carbonell, director of Palmadotze located in Santa Margarida i els Monjos and with no less than 30 years of experience, until chatting with the young Chilean photographer and artist Philip Lavin which is participating for the first time in the fair with digital works in audiovisual format through the Gallery Santa Rosa Art Factory.

Breaking the stereotypes of this market, such as its hermetic and elitist image, is not an easy task for any fair that faces the opinion of the general public. Even so, Swab seeks to create opportunities among visitors by promoting initiation to collecting at accessible prices and by investing in the acquisition of works that bear the signature of artists with a lot of talent to offer.

All this and much more is what you can find if you come to the Fira de Montjuïch in Barcelona until next Sunday.

Text: Inéditad

Pictures: Lucas Amillano

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