This year’s edition of LOOP centred on two main questions translated into the moving image panorama: How do we produce? and How are we produced?
Every year, Loop Barcelona turns the vibrant Catalonian capital city of Barcelona into a hotbed for the latest in moving image – artists films and videos. It is a unique contemporary art fair solely dedicated to this genre founded in 2003 and has since grown from a modest fair to its present 16 edition gathering together 42 galleries invited by the committee formed by Haro Cumbusyan, Renee Drake, Josée & Marc Gensollen, Isabelle Lemaître, and chaired by Jean-Conrad Lemaître seeking ‘projects which aim at exploring the capacities of video and film in today’s contemporary art discourses.’ Through a series of exhibitions, screenings, workshops and panel discussions, the program centred on cogent issues related to the creation of artists’ films and videos, while exploring the many possible readings of production as a methodology, a performative act or the construction and representation of identity.
Carlos Martiel, Mediterráneo, Gilda Lavia, Rome
Located at The AlmanacHotel, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes between 12-22 November, LOOP Barcelona consisted of three main sections: the Fair , a selection of contemporary artists films and videos presented by international galleries in a unique viewing experience; the Festival, a series of proposals related with moving image creation in the form of exhibitions, screenings and live performances that animate the city; and the Studies, a programme of talks, workshops and professional meetings to both recognise and foster an appreciation of video and film. LOOP talks included speakers Hans Ulrich Obrist (Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries, London), Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Founder and President, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin), Paola Ugolini (Curator, In Between Art Film, Rome), Maxa Zoller (Film Curator, Art Basel), Rä di Martino (artist), Rose Cupit and Maggie Ellis (Manager and Head of FLAMIN, London), Haro Cumbusyan (collector and founder of collectorspace, Istanbul, Turkey) and Sandra Terdjman (Co-Founder, Council and Advisor for the Kadist Foundation).
Parisa Aminolahi, Away, Ag Galerie, Tehran
Participating galleries included Elke Andreas Boon (Annie Gentils, Antwerp),Vasco Araujo (Galeria Presença, Porto), Carlos Martiel (Gilda Lavia, Rome), Parisa Aminolahi (Ag Galerie, Tehran), Volkan Aslan (Galerie Paris-Beijing .Paris), Adrian Balseca (Galería SENDA, Barcelona), Irina Botea (Anca Poterasu Gallery, Bucharest), Aslan Gaisumov (Emalin, London), Pavel Braila (EASTWARDPROSPECTUS, Bucharest), Rui Calçada Bastos (Bruno Múrias, Lisbon), Tang Chao (Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai), Chien-Chi Chang (Chi-Wen Gallery, Taipei),Olga Chernysheva (Galerie Iragui, Moscow), Sarah ChooJing (A.I Gallery, London), Charlotte Dumas (andriesseeyck galerie, Amsterdam), Mounir Fatmi (ANALIX FOREVER, Paris).
We scoured through the galleries and here are our top 2 artists of the fair who not be missed at LOOP this year:
1.Parisa Aminolahi, Away, Ag Galerie, Tehran
2.Carlos Martiel, Mediterráneo, Gilda Lavia, Rome