In each edition, SWAB Barcelona rewards its participants for their contribution to emerging talent and contemporary art. This 2020, despite the fact that the fair will take place virtually, it will continue to award the Espronceda residency award with an artistic stay at its facilities in Barcelona; the DKV for the best Spanish artist, the MANGO for the best emerging artist and the Diezy7 Collection drawing, whose award-winning work is selected by a jury made up of contemporary art curators and critics. Mor information about SWAB here.

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Photos from past editions


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The winners of ESPRONCEDA/SWAB 1st EDITION AWARD 2020 are:

Members of the Jury for the 1nd edition: Savina Tarsitano, Holger Sprengel, Henrik Sprengel, Maribel Navarro Cortes and Joan Abelló

For the 2nd edition we are happy to announce a new member of the Jury: Milo de Pietro Desmond


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The winners of ESPRONCEDA/SWAB 2nd EDITION AWARD 2020 are:

Paula Cortazar Gallery Nosco

Luke Kelsey (Wales, UK, 1985)

Photos of this edition here.

We are pleased to present the exhibition of Paula Cortazar (Monterrey, Mexico, 1991) and Luke Kelsey (Wales, UK, 1985), winners of the second edition of the SWAB / ESPRONCEDA Art Prize. The artists made their stay in Espronceda at the end of this summer and the work on display is the result of their artistic residency.
Cortazar and Kelsey’s exhibition establishes a joint narrative based on the figure of the line. Present in the strokes of both artists, in this exhibition the pictorial and sculptural lines converge between their creations. Although both their work is characterized by the use of drawing as the basis for their work, in Cortazar’s case the artist is mainly based on the search for her own drawing in nature and develops her sculptures as three-dimensional or volumetric sketches. Through observation and taking inspiration from landscapes, she patiently creates her stone pieces. The element chosen for her residence in Espronceda has been alabaster —since there is a long tradition of this material in our country— which has given her sculptures different shades: from white to ochre, through more pink tones. Cortazar works each fragment manually, intervening the stone minimally to maintain part of the modeling that nature itself created and thus preserve the traces of each one of these stones.
Kelsey’s work is part of a series of paintings in which the artist investigates essentiality through form and color. His work is based on a previous commitment to drawing, central to exploring the different compositions that he brings to his canvases. The result is a series of paintings featuring basic colors, pure and harmonic forms, and a language that refers us to the immediacy of symbols or signs. With his abstract brushstrokes, the British painter wanted to make an art focused on the use of light and the line to captivate the viewer’s emotions.
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The winners of ESPRONCEDA/SWAB 2nd EDITION AWARD 2021 are:

Charlotte Klobassa (Zeller van Almsick Gallery), Alexandra Barth (Photoport Gallery) & Santiago Paredes (Moira Galería)

Jury: Holger Sprengel, Savina Tarsitano, Henrik Sprengel, Maribel Navarro Cortes, Joan Abello, Milode Prieto Desmond and Contemporary Art Magazine
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The winners of ESPRONCEDA/SWAB 2nd EDITION AWARD 2022 are:
Gabriel Ribeiro (Duplex Air Lisbon) and Maryam Mohry (O Gallery Tehran).

Jury: Dr.  Holger Sprengel, Savina Tarsitano, Henrik Sprengel, Maribel Navarro Cortes, Joan Abello, Milo de Prieto Desmond, Mohamed Benhadj.
Photos of the exhibition DUST MIGHT, with Gabriel Ribeiro, here.
DUST MIGHT: ”Those were the hottest days of summer, when dust mites compulsively ate the edges of a poem until they reached the center. Here, the sun that gradually reveals images of lives invisible to the naked eye is the same sun that annihilates them. The herbs on the edge of the precipice were melted. Daylight reveals, engraves and sculpts what the wind brought: dead skin cells, hair, pollen, or any other matter that has been reduced to dust. These images were processed for days under the sun, and are similar to those seen with eyes closed during a feverish delirium: a sweaty body rests on a piece of foam on the roof, as a moist pattern begins to form on its porous, yellowish surface. It was a 20-day long fever.’’ Ian Gavião