The Independent Contemporary Art Festival YOUNG GALLERY WEEKEND [YGW] is consolidated in its 5th edition, to be held in September 28th – 30th, 2018, as the alternative to the official established in Contemporary Art in Barcelona, having the support of the Culture Institute of the City.
YGW represents independent spaces and artists who bring the most innovative and risk-taking proposals in the weekend that Barcelona turns into a cultural node for art, coinciding with Swab Barcelona, the most important Contemporary Art Fair of the Catalan capital. As if this was not enough, it also converges with the Gallery Weekend, destined to the walkthrough itinerary of the most official and traditional art galleries of the city. Three days of pure action in the Spanish art scenario.
The values and objectives of the YGW are centered in consolidating the independent art circuit of the city, making this cultural alternative available for all audiences, bringing art to all kinds of people. In words by Anna García, Director of the Festival, “the objective is always to consolidate the circuit of independent art in Barcelona, because it exists and is of a high quality, and it has nothing to envy from the most renowned and conventional circles of the city.”
The programme includes a walkthrough in three different circuits: the Ruta Yzaguirre, composed by Projeckteria [Art Gallery], Àcid Sulfúric and La Idealógica, the Ruta Centre, integrated by Bien Cuadrado Gallery and Escalera de Incendios + Anaglifos Art Factory, and the Ruta Diumenge involving spaces such as Fifty Dots Gallery and Oslo Graphic Barceloneta.
ETHER Arts Project has been summoned to participate of the festival as an invited International Project. During the opening, planned for September 28th at 8pm in Espronceda Center for Art and Culture, we will present the work “Return to Multiverse”, a participative performance by Marta Pinilla done in conjunction with Miguel Andrés.
Marta is a multidisciplinary artist resident in Madrid, graduated in Biology and Fine Arts with a Master in Art and Science. Her work is strongly inspired by nature and its forms, seeking to represent unambiguously the brain and the universe. Miguel Andrés is a Murcian artist who arrived at art after a long tradition in the creative industry. The central axe of his investigations spins around human being and all of its inherences.
In “Return to Multiverso” a duet of sinister beings who have just crossed a black hole will be displayed in the vicinity of an art gallery. They will have lost part of their humanity, transforming in observers of reality. Both artists will interact with the audience, involving them actively in the presentation. The performance refers to a feeling of strangeness, loneliness and isolation in an overwhelming society.
Moreover, the participation of ETHER is aligned with the general curatorship of the festival. Each of the proposals is conceived from the perspective of proximity and integration with the viewer, giving him or her the tools to understand, see, touch live, feel, think and reflect about what he sees and lives. Anna García explains about this that “the fundamental element in the programme is the approach of the galleries and the festival towards working a lot in this aspect of togetherness and ordinariness, of introducing art in a not so elitist, closed, classist and superior way, but in a different way.” The direct activities and experiences with the participants of the festival are then the main course and the strongest attraction.
Besides, this year the YGW focuses its efforts in the invigoration of the market and the motivation of new art collectors, initiating various programs related to collecting artwork. The new Young Mind Card is a personal card with discounts in the purchase of works of art from the participant galleries. Moreover, they invite collaborators of the festival to support the work of artists through the commitment of acquiring a piece. Lastly, the event Gallery Meets Collector is a private instance in which gallerists have the opportunity of getting to know art collectors, institutional as well as private and nouvelle, aiming at creating future relationships and widening their collections and their knowledge about the contemporary art scene.
But this is not all. YGW continues working, in the same way as in past editions, with disciplines such as Sound Art and New Technologies. In this occasion, Raul Dávila will also be present in the development of the opening with his project “En la noche oscura del sentido”, done in collaboration with Jägermeister, official sponsor of the Sound Art programme of the festival. Interested in the reflection around the philosophy of the imaginary, Dávila develops a line of investigation centered in the sound activation of the symbolic content of the visual image through the use of new techonologies.
The closing is planned for Sunday 30th September from 7pm to 11pm in Art Lover Ground, the first Gallery and Studio devoted to Bodypainting in Barcelona, Spain and the European Union, founded in 2017 by Filippo Ioco, International Bodypainter and Fine Artist. There will also be a guided tour of the group exhibition and a selection of live concerts and DJ sets to conclude a weekend that promises to be unforgettable.
More info: www.younggalleryweekend.com / @young_gallery_weekend