Swab Barcelona is proud to introduce its ninth edition, which will take place from September 29th until October 2nd, 2016. This year, more than 70 galleries will be participating in both the General Program and the curated projects. Also, the new ones IN/OUT, Focus Maghreb and Cross-Bounders plus the consolidated ones Solo Swab, Swab Seed, Drawing Applications and MYFAF.
Solo Swab: Direlia Lazo and Zaida Trallero curate this section that consists of individual presentations by artists from Latin America. In its third edition, Solo Swab consolidates itself as a space that reflects upon the artistic practice in the region in dialogue with the social and political context.
Focus Magreb: Curated by Xavier de Luca, this program arises from the need of the European society parts to know in depth the social, cultural and artistic realities that are taking place in the Maghreb region.
Cross-Bounders: Program curated by Susana Sanz and produced by Wang Zhongwen that counts with the participation of Song Fang, Ju Anqi, Yu Depeng and Wang Liren, four Chinese acclaimed emerging filmmakers that will come to Barcelona to create their first video-art piece in the frame of Swab House.
Swab Seed: David Armengol curates the second edition of this space of visibility and debate for independent gallery proposals located throughout Europe.
IN/OUT by Banc Sabadell Foundation:
Is a selection of artists under the supervision of Frederic Montornés and Imma Prieto and through nine of the most representative galleries in Barcelona. The displacement gives the possibility of establishing nexuses of union, among some of the most interesting creators of the current artistic program. This empowers the deliberation throughout the main idea of the Project: What does being in or out mean?
Swab On Paper. Curated by Mónica Álvarez Careaga, displays from eight individual artistic projects that prove the transition in artistic material of the uses traditionally attributed to sketches, presented by eight international galleries.
MYFAF (My First Art Fair): Curated by Rosa Lleó consists of 3 contemporary art galleries with less than two years of existence, that have not participated before in any international art fair.
General Programme: Established art galleries that present emergent artists divided into three types of booth: 25, 20 i 15 m2.
Swab is proud to present two other novelties: Fundación Swab Barcelona and Swab House.
Fundación Swab Barcelona: With the aim to strengthen the creation and support of social networks with the cultural agents and collaborate through acquisition programs for a public art fund during the fair.
Swab House: In collaboration with creation centers Hangar and La Escocesa and the artist residence Jiwar, 4 artists will develop a curated project, during the month prior to Swab Barcelona, that will be exhibited at the fair.
with solo show artist Estefania Penafiel Loaiza
Swab Barcelona continues with the acquisition awards:
DKV Award - to the best Spanish Artist
MANGO young artist Award
Grisart Photography Award that will be ceded to the MACBA Foundation Barcelona
Lluís Coromina Foundation Award for the Best Catalan Artist
Idea Art Marset Award
Drawing Award by Diezy7 Collection
Last but not least, in the frame of Swab Off, we present the 4th edition of Swab Stairs, program that grows to 17 art and design schools from all over the world. The stairs of the main metro stations of Barcelona will be vinyl with the winning projects presented by the students from the main local schools and 6 international guest schools: Royal College of Art London, SCAD Hong Kong, LASALLE Singapur, Escuela Da Vinci from Buenos Aires, ECUAD Vancouver and ESBArts from Argel.The registration period for the galleries started on February 2nd and will remain open until April 30th.
See you at Swab!
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