Swab Barcelona presents “Drawing Applications” Programme

The 2015 edition of international contemporary art fair Swab Barcelona, which will take place from 1 until 4 October 2015, in the Spanish city, will introduce a programme entitled “Drawing Applications”, whose director is Mónica Álvarex Careaga. The programme is a reflection on drawing, which is utilised as a tool by numerous disciplines, including architecture and botany. Contemporary art likewise exploits it as a support, without giving it a utilitarian purpose. “Drawing Applications” seeks to emphasise the artistic transformations that the use of the drawing has seen. Eight artists from eight of the most renowned Spanish galleries will present their works on the issue. The exhibiting artists will be: Paula Rubio Infante (Addaya Centre d’Art Contemporani), Laura Gozález Cabrera (Ángeles Baños), Cristina Ferrández (ATM/ Contemporary/Altamira Gallery), Luis Macías (etHALL), Juan Escudero (Alegría Gallery), Theo Firmo (Javier Silva Gallery), Gómez-Bueno (Siboney Gallery), and Gonzalo Elvira (Sicart Gallery). Created in 2006, Swab Barcelona hosts more and more galleries and visitors. Last year, 60 galleries presented their artists and 18,000 visitors attended the...

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Sergi Aguilar at MACBA

Until 31 January 2016, The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) is hosting a retrospective exhibition dedicated to Sergui Aguilar, entitled “Sergi Aguilar. Reverse/Obverse (1972–2015)”. The exhibition presents works that recount Aguilar’s research over the past four decades in a non-chronological order. Instead, it revolves around five sections linking the major themes explored by the artist with the thematic cycles of different periods in his career. Following the example of the inaugural section “Eines i mesuradors” (Tools and measures), the eponymous title of series that began in 1974 and continued to grow until 2014, the various sections present the tensions around which the artist’s creative practice and process are defined. The exhibition highlights the dialogue established by the artist between the object and its implementation, the artificial and the natural, moderation and accumulation, and the place and displacement. It offers a way of entering into the artist’s studio, through accumulation but also through the underlying relationships that we see developing between the different proposals. This interdisciplinary and shifting vision is driven by the artist’s new interpretations of his work and the pedestals that he has created specifically for this exhibition. Born in 1946 in Barcelona, Sergi Aguilar studied at the Massana School and the Conservatory of Book Arts in Barcelona. Influenced by his encounter with the works of Julio Gonzalez and Brancusi, he enforces his artistic vision by emancipating himself from formalistic interpretations. His works can be found in the collections of museums such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Chase Manhattan Bank, and the Fundación Caixa de Pensions...

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LOOP Fair 2015 award winners announced

The winners of the Prize acquisition Catalonia Rambles and the LOOP Fair Prize have been announced during the 13th edition of LOOP Fair, which took place from 4 until 6 June 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The Catalonia Rambles Prize was awarded to Basma Alsharif, represented by Galerie Imane Farès, for his video project The Story of Milk and Honey (2011). The jury of specialists comprised Director of the Contemporary Art Collection of Fundación “la Caixa”, Nimfa Bisbe, Director of Marres Museum Maastrich Valentijn Byvanck, and independent curator Imma Prieto. The LOOP Fair Prize for the best gallery proposal, which allows the receiving gallery to participate for free in the next edition of the fair, was awarded to China Town (1992–2011), a video project by Chien-Chi Chang, presented by Chi-Wen Gallery. Founded in 2003, LOOP is an independent platform dedicated to video art. Each year, LOOP hosts LOOP Barcelona, a meeting point for the international video art...

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“solid surface”: Annika Kahrs at Galeria Joan Prats

From 28 May until 24 July 2015, Galeria Joan Prats in Barcelona, Spain, is to host “solid surface”, the first exhibition dedicated to German artist Annika Kahrs in Barcelona, bringing together the artist’s most recent video works. Kahrs primarily works with film, performance, and photography. She is interested in both social and scientific constructs, as well as evolved organic relations between humans and animals, which she examines through films that lie somewhere in between documentary and fiction. For solid surface, with hills, valleys, craters and other topographic features, primarily made of ice — her latest video work about the dwarf planet Pluto, which she filmed in a planetarium with a projected starry sky as a backdrop. The video Sunset-Sunrise will also be presented, a work in which visitors becomes viewers of a projected sunset that slowly dissolves into real sunlight, as the blinds in the room are raised. In études cliniques ou artistiques, Kahrs films a woman doing gymnastic exercises. It is the artist herself who is giving the performer the precise instructions that she must adopt, inspired by photographs from the Parisian psychiatric hospital, la Salpêtrière. Kahrs therefore unmasks the medium of photography, unveiling its crucial role as a staging tool. Annika Kahrs was born in 1984 in Achim, Germany, and currently lives and works in Hamburg. She has been awarded a number of prizes and scholarships including the George-Maciunas-Förderpreis in 2012. In June 2015, she participated in the fifth edition of the Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary...

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Swab Barcelona programme of events

International contemporary art fair Swab Barcelona is to hold its eighth edition from 1 to 4 October in the Italian Pavilion of Fira Barcelona, Spain. The eighth edition of the fair will host 70 galleries from around the world, focusing on emerging contemporary artists born after 1975. This year’s fair will include a diverse programme of events, including the Swab forum, organised in collaboration with Amsterdam’s de Appel arts centre and the MACBA, in which alumni of the de Appel arts centre curate an exhibition of eight artists; Solo Swab, directed by Direlia Lazo and Carolina Ariza, which will present works by Latin American artists, with a particular focus on documentary-related practice; a space dedicated to local Barcelona-based galleries, organised by David Armengol; and Actividad Contemporánea, directed by Mónica Álvarez Careaga, which will exhibit individual projects by eight artists, tracing the development of the traditional medium of drawing. Finally, Juan Canela will organise a programme of performances and interventions to take place during the fair. Several prizes will also be awarded during the fair, including the Best Gallery Award by the Banco Sabadell Foundation, the MANGO Young Artist Award, the DVK Serguros Spanish Artist Award, the Best Catalan Artist Award by the Fundació Lluis Coromina, the Photography Award, the dea Art by Marset, and the Collection Diezy7 Drawing...

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