Swab, the seventh edition of Barcelona emerging and contemporary art fair

Swab, Barcelona Contemporary Art Fair, ??which celebrates its seventh edition, will feature more than 60 galleries from 20 different countries. The fair will be held at the Italian Pavilion of the Fair of Barcelona, from 2 to 5 October, with the work of 165 artists of various nationalities. 
 
Swab Fair will be organized around seven different programs. A general program with the participation of 25 galleries (12 foreign), the Solo Program that will include projects that revolve around the concept of identity, origin or the Latin American cultural imprint. It is a program bicomisariado by Direlia Lazo and Carolina Ariza in which participate the Cuban artist Adrian Melis, Panamanian Jhafis Quintero, Venezuelan Luis Molina Pantin and Ana Alenso, Cuban Humberto Diaz, Chilean Alejandro Leonardt and Guatemalan artist Regina José galindo. 
A new program, Too Hot to Handle, curated by Ethel Seno, will feature new projects American artists represented by galleries with a common theme: a mixture of pop-art sensibilities with social messages. The artists represented in this program (David LaChapelle, Manuel Ocampo, Olek and Victor Castillo), use photography, painting and crochet as working medium. 
 
Positions of Drawing is a programm directed by Oscar Molina and Monica Alonso Alvarez Careaga and composed by 8 Spanish galleries presenting projects dedicated to contemporary drawing artists. The galleries participating are: Addaya, Centre of Contemporary Art (Alaro, Mallorca) with artist Andrew Senra, Angeles Baños Gallery (Badajoz) with Manuel Antonio Dominguez, Espacio Valverde (Madrid) with Elena Alonso, Fernando Pradilla (Madrid) with Juan Francisco Casas, Elizabeth Hurley (Málaga) with David Escalona, ??Kir Royal (Valencia) with José Luis Serzo, Liebre Galería (Madrid) with Guillermo Peñalver and Rafael Perez Hernando (Madrid) with Javier Calleja. 
Swab also have two programs dedicated to Asian and American galleries. Asian participants: Pantocrator Gallery (Shanghai), Project illim (South Korea), Sun Art Gallery (Shanghai), JARB (Seoul) and Gallery 1000a (Gurgaon). American galleries: Black Square Gallery (Miami), Fever Gallery (Buenos Aires), SABINE + BQL Gallery (Bogota), Hall 4 (Buenos Aires), Perfect Gallery (Bahia Blanca), Rea, one day gallery (Buenos Aires) and Art Room 1101 (Miami). 
 
Finally, MYFAY Programme will bring together 4 galleries with less than two years old who have never participated in fairs that represent artists born after 1970. It is a curated program by Zaida Trallero and Rosa Lleó. Within this program find alejandrogallery (Barcelona), Cyan Gallery (Barcelona), La Encantada Gallery (Barcelona) and Vanja Contemporary (Brighton). 
In addition, a full program of activities will be held during the fair: Fly to Swab, SWAB STAIRS, an initiative that emerged in 2011 in collaboration with Kognitif, TMB and Barcelona Inspira, and gives to design schools in Barcelona  the opportunity of create some vinyl-adhesive that will be placed on the stairs to the subway stations of downtown Barcelona. Do you Know what the local art scene looks like the ?, is an acctivity curated by Martina Millà in collaboration with the Joan Miró Foundation to show a series of banners with the works of some young artists along the Paseo de Gracia, Swab Thinks: Ideas, words, Networks; organized by the Independent Studies Program (PEI) MACBA directed by Beatriz Preciado, presents on 3 and 4 October some lectures, debates and panel discussions about the direction of contemporary art. Finally, Swab Performance, a new activity within the show that revolves around the art of action and will be developed in different spots of the city.
 
Swab is the only Contemporary Art Fair founded by a collector, and this makes the fair more accessible to the general public. It is an exhibition that invites visitors to discover, enjoy and understand contemporary art in all its breadth.

 

If visual arts arouse emotions in the viewer, and also gastronomy, at its finest, can cause a similar effect, the relationship between both "disciplines" is more than demonstrated.

Cheese is a fundamental piece in gastronomy, its diversity allows it to be part of gastronomy different moments, from starters to desserts, and that is why Art Madrid includes it in this year’s edition of the Fair from an ambitious place. Cheese is given this way a closest view to the creation of a work of art, both from the point of view of the time spent in its execution process and the almost personalized study dedicated to each piece during its elaboration.

Like a plastic artist, the Cheese Master Affineur executes a series of actions making each piece an exclusive and individualized element. This is what Madrid cheese factory QAVA de Quesos and its Master Afinador José Luis Martín achieve.

QAVA & MARTÍN AFINADOR is a new store concept: a unique space designed to taste, learn, promote and buy cheese in Madrid, in the heart of Retiro district."

José Luis Martín is a key piece in the QAVA cheese factory. He has been working in the cheese world for more than 30 years, providing training throughout the world, visiting cheese shops, consulting and advising on the design and implementation of one of the most emblematic cheese shops in Spain. The fact of knowing the producers personally, and even advising them on the manufacture and design of their products, allows him to select specific batches, at different stages of maturation, to complete the cheese ripening and then convert each piece into a unique product, different and with its own distinct character, the signature of the Cheese Master.

In the profile of the Master Martín Afinador experience and pure knowledge merge. Martín Afinador is an advisor and consultant for artisanal cheese factories and product design, and for the best-specialised stores in the country, director of Gourmetquesos, director and coordinator of the Championship of the Best Cheeses in Spain during nine editions, technical director and jury in national and international cheese competitions and tastings, collaborator of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Academy of Spanish Gastronomy, director and coordinator of the cheese section of the Repsol Guide to the Best Foods in Spain and trainer for hospitality schools and food centres teaching, among other activities.

Cheese ripening is a complex process that requires time and dedication, in addition to a developed use of the senses. The Master Cheese Tuner, as a specialist in the field, works in all cheese stages (varied and complex), controls all stages of raw material transformation, supervises the evolution and development of cheeses according to the characteristics of each one of them, verifies the quality and the state when the cheeses arrive at their cellars, checks their care and conservation, and; finally, he controls its packaging and the type of wrapping suitable for its best preservation.

In Qava de Quesos they have two Cheese Refining Cellars. In these "tuning caves" or refrigerated chambers designed in constant conditions of temperature, humidity and ventilation, "we take great care of the cheeses until they reach their optimum point of consumption". The work of refining involves placing the cheeses on wooden shelves, turning them over daily and/or washing them frequently, brushing them periodically, as well as other regular handlings.

Among the services offered by Qava de Quesos, we can find specific courses and workshops, events for groups and companies, and advice on shop design and ripening rooms.