The selection of videos and films presented in the annual LOOP Fair, May 25 through 26, will include works by Lhola Amira (SMAC Gallery); Shigeo Arikawa (Galerie Mazzoli); Marcos Ávila Forero (ADN Galeria and Galerie Dohyang Lee); Ismaïl Bahri (Galerie Les filles du calvaire); Melanie Bonajo (AKINCI); Elke Andreas Boon (Annie Gentils Gallery); Sander Breure and Witte van Hulzen (tegenboschvanvreden); Tang Chao(Vanguard Gallery); Ali Cherri (Galerie Imane Farès); Hsu Chia-Wei (Liang Gallery); Sarah Choo Jing (A.I. Gallery); Aukje Dekker (Galerie Gabriel Rolt); Olivier Dollinger (Galerie Eva Meyer); Esther Ferrer (àngels barcelona); Anne-Charlotte Finel (Galerie Jousse Entreprise); Gianfranco Foschino (Christopher Grimes Gallery); Yona Friedman (Galerie Jérôme Poggi); Mats Hjelm (Cecilia Hillström Gallery); Erdal İnci (Art On İstanbul); Taro Izumi (Galerie GP & N Vallois); Ali Kazma (ANALIX FOREVER); Evangelia Kranioti (Galerie Sator); Glenda León (Galeria SENDA); Cristina Lucas (Galería Juana de Aizpuru); Lukas Marxt (Galerie Reinthaler); Olivia Mihaltianu (Anca Poterasu Gallery); MohauModisakeng (Galerie Ron Mandos); Marina Núñez (RocioSantaCruz); Damir Očko (EASTWARDS PROSPECTUS); Ferhat Ozgur (The Pill); Sasha Pirogova (Triangle Gallery); Tom Pnini (Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art); Renata Poljak (Galerija Kranjčar); Chen Qiulin (A Thousand Plateaus Art Space); David Raffini and Florian Pugnaire (Galerie Papillon); Sara Ramo (Travesía Cuatro); Leticia Ramos (Mendes Wood DM); James Rielly (New Art Projects); Rafaël Rozendaal (Steve Turner); Tercerunquinto (Proyectos Monclova); Nicolinevan Harskamp (waterside contemporary); Steina and Woody Vasulka (BERG Contemporary); and Apichatpong Weerasethakul(Anthony Reynolds Gallery).
The 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—reinforce the relationship between the concomitant fields of contemporary art and cinema, while proposing a decentralized perspective of these practices—with participants from Colombia, Croatia, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Romania, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand or Turkey, as well as from other significant production centres, such as Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Paris, or São Paulo.
The selection will offer an insight on the leading modes of critical thought and research explored by the artists. Simultaneously, this year the LOOP Festival and Talks will revisit early video art, while offering an opportunity to rethink the evolution and role that video took on in the definition of contemporary discourse, up until today.
Testifying to the constant growth of our sound community of collaborators, LOOP establishes different initiatives aimed at a specialized audience:
The LOOP Acquisition Award, given to a film that will be acquired and included in the LOOP Collection, and lent to the MACBA; and the LOOP Fair Award, to the best gallery proposal. Ferran Barenblit, Director of the MACBA, will chair the jury.
The SELECTED book, which this year will count on an editorial team's contribution. Formed by invited new and experienced curators and researchers, it will compile texts for a contextualized guide of the LOOP Fair.
VIDEOCLOOP, the new online showcase of moving image artworks that will be launched to foster the study and promotion of the medium through the videos and films that have participated at LOOP Fair during the last 15 years.
LOOP Barcelona is a platform devoted to moving image practices in contemporary art. It organises LOOP Fair, the first art fair devoted exclusively to video art launched in 2003, and an annual festival and professional meeting point.
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