Swab Barcelona, founded in 2006 by private collector Joaquín Díez-Cascón, is an international art fair that brings together galleries, artists, curators and collectors from around the world. Its objective since it was founded is to showcase young and emerging talented artists of the current contemporary art scene.
The 2022 edition of SWAB
Swab Barcelona 2022 returns to show us the latest trends in the art world through a program marked by fictional universes and digital realities. This 15th edition will feature more than 70 local and international galleries, many of them influenced by the new surrealism.
As every edition, the fair presents its General Program, made up of national galleries and international exhibitors. At the same time, the fair is once again betting on Swab Emerging, the subsection of the General Program dedicated to galleries less than five years old that are starting to make their way in the international context. In addition, within the Video Box program, and thanks to Y.ES Contemporary, the panel New Territories: El Salvador, which seeks to give voice to areas whose gallery scene does not have a stable structure to give it a voice. The fair also proposes a special geographically localized program that this year focuses on the Mediterranean.
This edition consolidates Swab Ephemeral, which exhibits ephemeral proposals by artists residing in Barcelona's Fàbriques de Creació. Along these lines, another of the fair's regular curated programs is Swab On Paper, which explores the possibilities of paper as a medium and as a technique.
MYFAF (My First Art Fair) is positioned as the program formed by three young contemporary art galleries, less than two years old, which have not yet participated in any international fair. Swab offers this space free of charge to help promote the new galleries.
Finally, as usual, Swab dedicates an area of the fair to the youngest art lovers, Swab Kids, an open space where children can experiment with their creativity.
Children under the age of 12 enter free of charge.