25 and 26 May 2017
Carrer Pelai 28, 08001 Barcelona
The annual LOOP Fair 2017 will once again serve as a meeting place for artists, collectors, gallerists and curators engaged with the production of the moving image, on May 26th and 27th in Barcelona. The entire collection of about 50 videos and films aptly selected by the fair’s committee — collectors Jean Conrad and Isabelle Lemaître, Haro Cumbusyan, Renée Drake, and Marc and Josée Gensollen — will provide a panorama to bring together leading modes of critical thought and research that artists are continuing to establish in the medium.
The works selected so far already highlights LOOP’s decentralized perspective; featuring participating artists and galleries fromColombia, Croatia, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Romania, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand or Turkey, as well as from other significant centers of production including Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Paris, or São Paulo.
Well-known figures including Cristina Lucas presented by Juana de Aizpuru, Ali Cherriby Imane Farès, Apichatpong Weerasethakulby Anthony Reynolds Gallery, Ali Kazma by Analix Forever, or Ferhat Ozgur by The Pill, will join new names like Ismaïl Bahri by Les filles du calvaire, Melanie Bonajo, who will be presented by the Akinci gallery, the duo Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen represented by Tegenboschvanvreden, Gianfranco Foschino by Chirstopher Grimes Gallery, David Raffini & Florian Pugnaire will feature a premiere with Galerie Papillon, Brazilian artist Leticia Ramos by Mendes Wood DM, and Tercerounquinto by Proyectos Monclova.
The fair will also present a series of artists featured at the edition of the Venice Biennale, including Sasha Pirogova with the Triangle Gallery, Marcos Ávila Forero, double launching at LOOP with Galerie Dohyang Lee and ADN Galeria, and Mohau Modisakeng with Ron Mandos.
At the same time, this year the LOOP Festival and Talks will revisit the early days of video art, both from an anthropological and aesthetical point of view. Accordingly, the LOOP Fair will feature a video work by the Vasulkabrothers presented by the Berg Contemporary gallery, artists also presented in the Festival main selection. LOOP Barcelona, both the selection of videos and films at the fair and the pioneer installations in the festival, will constitute a opportunity to rethink the evolution and role assumed by video in the definition of contemporary discourse, and how it has continued into today.