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.

 

One of the purposes of the “Art Madrid-Proyector’20” program was to offer the opportunity to get to know the work of some invited creators, and, through an interactive talk, allow the public to open a direct dialogue with them. For this reason, from February 12th to 14th, were organised three masterclasses at Medialab Prado with Patxi Araújo, Olga Diego and Lois Patiño, all authors who work with the moving image, but who approach their projects from a diametrically opposite perspective. With this agenda, we were able to discuss three essential lines of current video-creation: the fusion with technology and artificial intelligence, the shaping of performances for documentary purposes and video art with film overtones. We already had the opportunity to remember the session with Patxi Araújo and his site-specific work "Sherezade" created for the Medialab Prado façade. Today we will talk about the meeting we had with Olga Diego and Lois Patiño.

Olga diego, photo by Javier Adiego

Olga Diego’s masterclass has as title: “The flight as a creative matter”. Olga is a multidisciplinary artist who in recent years has focused her work on sculpture and performance or action art, which she later documents with photography and video. This last aspect is one of the most interesting for her when she reflects on how the transformation of the piece from an experiential format to a recorded one takes place, and how individuals have become used to consuming this class of less invasive final products, from a space of comfort that our private devices offer.

One of Olga's main lines of research is related to autonomous flight systems and the creation of artefacts capable of rising with little energy. Can one create a material lighter than air itself? This idea has led her to experiment with numerous scientific forms and concepts, as well as taking a historical journey through the beginnings of flight and the progress of humanity to invent devices capable of flying. It is not just about recovering the history of aviation, something that has a much more technological and commercial side, but to investigate the ideas, experiments and tests that analysed the behaviour of air, the dynamics of flows and the design of individual aerodynamic structures, a concern that the human being showed since the Renaissance, with Leonardo Da Vinci.

Olga Diego, photo by Mario Gutiérrez Cru

Olga recovers many of these concepts and applies them to her recent projects. In her latest proposals, she has also worked with inflatable figures, as an alternative to conducted flight, using plastic materials for its construction. Her last exhibition “The automatic garden”, which could be enjoyed at the Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art and the Lonja del Pescado Exhibition Hall, also in Alicante, is a gigantic installation made up of almost a hundred inflatable-electronic sculptures inspired by the beautiful, extravagant and suggestive characters from the Garden of Earthly Delights, by El Bosco. This cloud of humanoid and zoomorphic figures, which move and beat thanks to the electronic mechanisms that keep them permanently inflated, also portrays the excesses of man, his lack of concern for the invasion of the environment, the overexposure to plastic and the exploitation of natural resources. A composition that focuses on "sin", as an indirect message that was also conveyed in the work of El Bosco.

Masterclass of Lois Patiño. Photo by Marta Suárez-Mansilla

For his part, Lois Patiño's career is intimately connected to film work. “Time and image” was the title of his masterclass. His video pieces, whether brief or feature-long films contain a concern closely linked to film language, but on a path that leaves conventional narratives aside. Among the main motifs that occupy his work, Lois opts for more contemplative aesthetics, where the expressive power of the image itself is prioritised, without seeking too many added effects in conventional cinema through sound effects, dialogues or other devices.





This is why Lois's work is so poetic and lyrical. His proposals incorporate technological innovations to cause very concrete effects in his works, but all of this helps to delve into the issues that concern this creator and that, since his beginnings, have been present in his work.

Lois Patiño, foto de Mario Gutiérrez Cru

Lois Patiño has always been interested in the relationship of the individual with the landscape and how it can modulate our way of behaving in society and determine our idiosyncrasy. To what extent are we dependent on our environment? How is culture defined by its connection to the landscape? These and other questions plague the author's work in which many contemplative images abound.

In addition, Lois presented us in scoop the trailer for his latest feature-long film "Lúa vermella" that a few days after the masterclass was officially presented at the Berlinale - International Film Festival in Berlin 2020.