Art Madrid'23 – Estampa Contemporary Art Fair celebrates its 22 edition in Matadero Madrid

As multiple art fair and more focused on the creation and dissemination of collecting, Estampa presents this 9 October the 22nd edition of the contemporary art fair.
Estampa Contemporary Art Fair will occupy the space 16 of the Matadero de Madrid from 9 to 12 October with the main novelty of showing "unique work" in every technique and procedure. It is the main backbone of the new General Program that involves more than 70 national and international galleries as + R (Barcelona), Adora Calvo (Salamanca), Alarcón Criado (Sevilla), Álvaro Alcázar (Madrid), Angels Baths (Badajoz), Juana Mordo Archive Editions (Madrid), ArtNueve (Murcia), Astarte (Madrid), Camera Obscura (Madrid), Married Santapau (Madrid), Cayon (Madrid), Fernádez-Braso (Madrid), Fernando Pradilla (Madrid), Stamp Gallery (Madrid), Hare Gallery (Madrid) , Invaliden 1 (Berlin), Joan Prats (Barcelona), JosedelaFuente-before Nuble- (Santander), Juan Silió (Santander), Juana de Aizpuru (Madrid), Maior (Pollença, Mallorca), MDA (Oslo), Moisés Pérez de Albéniz (Madrid), Miguel Marcos (Barcelona), Mikel Armendia (Pamplona), NF Gallery (Madrid), Odalys (Madrid), press Ogami (Madrid), Paula Alonso (Madrid), Photosai Gallery (Madrid), Pilar Serra (Madrid ), Rafael Perez Hernando (Madrid), Espai d'Art Set (Valencia), Siboney (Santander), Tasneem Gallery (Barcelona) and Yusto / Giner (Málaga). 
The Selection Commitee is formed by the curators Lorena Martinez Corral, Alicia Ventura and Mariano Navarro, and by collectors as Josep Maria Civit or Jose Antonio Trujillo. 
In parallel, the Drawing Up Estampa program focuses on the emphasis on contemporary drawing as a means of visual communication and as the seamless access to collecting because of their format and more affordable prices. 
The 22nd edition of Estampa has invited Mexico as a country that sponsors the exhibition Deconstructing the Landscape, an exhibition of photography by emerging and consolidated artists represented by gallerist of this country and curated by Manuel Rocha (Mexico City, 1968) in collaboration with the Cultural Institute of Mexico in Spain and their Embassy. 

One of the key points this year will be the COLLECT program, the colleciting program of the fair, holding exhibitions, debates, presentations, in a separate space... with the presence of some of the most prominent collectors of our cultural environment to create a space information and training of new collectors. The designer and collector Josep M. Civit has ceded part of its collection to be enjoyed by the participants in the program and the artist Miquel Barceló, guest artist this year, has developed a work for the occasion.


In the year 2020 in the heart of Barcelona a wandering gallery was born, the same one that in February 2021 would debut at Art Madrid with an exhibition proposal focused on contemporary portraits; with this subject matter it would manage to create a powerful dialogue between artwork and audience and make the seal Inéditad remain in the history of the event that contained it.

Jean Carlos Puerto. Protección. Oil and copper leaf on wood. 60 x 48. 2021. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Since that first time and until today, the wandering gallery has managed to build projects on otherness, has repositioned in the spotlight the discourses on the LGTBIQ+ collective, has consolidated a group of artists who share its principles of resilience and empathy and the best thing is that it continues to bet from the professionalism and commitment to give voice to the difference.

Claudio Petit-Laurent.. El Joven de la Perla. Oil on wood. 30 x 30 cm. 2023. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Inéditad Gallery, thanks to its founder Luis López, its collaborators and the infinite possibilities manifested in the works of the artists it represents, is a gallery that has demonstrated its capacity and courage to stimulate the sensibility of the public through art and seduce a generation that moves between the glass window and the analogical story. Inéditad is a nomadic gallery that has gathered around it a community of artists and has moved the context with exhibition projects that think about LGTBIQ+ art without prejudices.

Pepa Salas Vilar. Las marcas del arcoiris. Oil on canvas. 40 x 50 cm. 2022. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Pride and Prejudice was inaugurated. An exhibition that brings together the works of sixteen artists: Abel Carrillo, Alex Domènech, Carlos Enfedaque, Silvia Flechoso, Jamalajama, Daniel Jaén, Claudio Petit-Laurent, Jean Carlos Puerto, Fernando Romero, Pablo Rodríguez, Pepa Salas Vilar, Jack Smith, Pablo Sola, Bran Sólo, Elia Tomás and Utürüo. Painting, illustration, photography and digital art are the manifestations that bring into dialogue around fifty neatly threaded pieces, in a discursive line that discusses such a latent phenomenon as discrimination. To achieve this, the artists invited to the exhibition question themselves whether: Does discrimination exist within the LGTBIQ+ collective?

Pride and Prejudice Official Poster. Image courtesy of the gallery.

With approaches on and from the body, the proposal invites to celebrate diversity, proposes to question and self-question the prejudices and attitudes of society against the collective. Pride and Prejudice is a space for dialogue about the constructs imposed on us by society. It is also an oasis in which to deconstruct with tolerance and respect the subjectivities that sometimes prevent us from approaching the production of the participating artists, simply because "the beautiful" does not fit in an androgynous body. The subjugation of stereotypes are pressed with determination to find the beauty of diversity in other palpable facets of reality.

Pablo Sola. All men are dogs. Photography. 2014. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Throughout these three years Inéditad has stimulated the vindictive projection towards bad practices, has questioned estates around the LGTBIQ+ body and the most admirable thing, is that these capacities have resurfaced around the dialogue and the visual narrative of the stories that are told from the visual: Artworks that are people, art that is, per se, humanity. Overcome impositions and accept what is different in order to continue fighting against homophobia, biphobia, lesbophobia or transphobia and defend the equal rights that all the acronyms of the collective deserve in our community.

That's Pride and Prejudice: One creature, the happiest in the world. And maybe other projects and other people have said it - or felt it - before, but none so fairly.

Silvia Flechoso. Hola, soy maricón. Oil on canvas. 73 x 54 cm. 2023. Image courtesy of the gallery.

From June 8th until June 22nd you can visit Pride and Prejudice. Carrer de Palau núm. 4. Canal Gallery space. Barcelona.