“Migrant Crisis” at 2020 virtual edition of SWAB Barcelona Art Fair
‘Migrant Crisis Series’, set of 37 drawings
Graphite and acrylic on watercolour paper, circa 25 x 28.5 cm, 2015-2016
Varvara Shavrova’s ‘Migrant Crisis’ series will be exhibited at Patrick Heide Contemporary Art London as part of the 2020 virtual edition of SWAB Barcelona Art Fair
October 1-15, 2020
Barcelona, June 19th.- It is official: this 2020 SWAB will carry out its first virtual edition. The health crisis and the impossibility of guaranteeing a 100% safe event for everyone, has led the Barcelona contemporary art fair to propose a fully digital format. From October 1st to 15th, SWAB can be visited virtually through an interactive app almost like a 3D video game that has been created by the team of architects and programmers of the fair itself in order to achieve the highest sensory quality of the fair at a digital level.This way, SWAB wants to provide an experience that will bring the user closer to what the physical fair would have been and that gives continuity to the artistic proposal of the exhibitors, generating direct contact between them and visitors with the possibility of walking through the corridors and visiting stands as would be done physically. Despite the fact that this 2020 is celebrated in an unfavourable context, SWAB wants to take the opportunity to explore new formats from which to learn and grow.
These proposals will be exhibited with international exhibitors AA Collections (Viena), The Balcony (The Hague), Vellum (New York) and VF Projects(Tallahassee). Also, MY FAF (My First Art Fair) will continue to support a selection of 4 galleries with less than two years of existence, representing artists born since 1975, and who have not yet attended any fair. These spaces, which have been awarded grants are G/ART/EN (Como), Kino Tonalá (Mexico City), Spazio ORR (Brescia), Zarinbal Khoshbakht (Cologne). Finally, for yet another year SWAB Reading invites a group of projects that present works that combine art and publishing, with an exhibition of books and experimental publications. It will feature Highchair Editions from London and Monorhetorik from Amsterdam.
SWAB continues for another year with a series of programmes led by curators that aspire to reflect new voices on the contemporary art scene. This is the case of Ephemeral, curated by Caterina Almirall and with the collaboration of the three creative factories in Barcelona (Hangar, Fabra i Coats and La Escocesa), that presents ephemeral projects, in an installation format, that seek not only the contemplation of the works, but also interaction with them. For this edition there will be digital works that reflect on how this medium affects works of art and the reflection on social isolation or distancing.
Another already established example at the fair is the On Paper programme curated by Carolina Diez-Cascón, which presents proposals that reinterpret the artistic language of paper. This programme focuses on the medium as a contemporary technique, exploring at this edition its dialogue and challenge with other materials such as acetates and canvases echoing its two-dimensionality. There will be six proposals presented by the galleries; Piedras (Buenos Aires), Patrick Heide (London), Montoro 12 (Brussels), Ravnikar Gallery Space (Slovenia), Alfa-Gallery (Miami) and MM Gallery (Buenos Aires).https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-fairs-swab-announces-virtual-edition-2020