SUPERLOCAL 2020 – Stockholm Independent Art Fair will be held on 3–6 September 2020.
It is a collaboration with artist-run initiatives around Stockholm, who exhibit in their own venues around the city.
Satellite galleries in 2020 are:
AllArtNow Lab, Älvkarleövägen 6, Hjorthagen
Detroit Stockholm, Roslagsgatan 21
Konstnärshuset, Smålandsgatan 7
Grafiska Sällskapet, Hornsgatan 6
Flat Octopus @ SBG18, Swedenborgsgatan 18
ID:I Galleri, Tjärhovsgatan 19
Studio44, Tjärhovsgatan 44
Tegen2, Bjurholmsgatan 7A
Candyland, Gotlandsgatan 76
Galleri NOS, Kaggeholmsvägen 39, Enskede
Galleri NEF, Rusthållarvägen 95, Bagarmossen
additional participants TBA
Interview with Juxtapose Art Fair
Juxtapose Art Fair is the latest addition to the small range of art fairs focusing on non-commercial artist-run initiatives. Its first edition will take place on 4–6 June 2021 in Aarhus, Denmark.
Supermarket asked the three founders and directors of Juxtapose Art Fair, Pamela Grombacher, Sasha Rose Richter and Jacob Juhl, about their motivation for setting up a new art fair for artist-run spaces, what can we expect from the first year of the fair and their future vision of the fair. We also discussed the recently launched open call for participants.
You can read more about the application to Juxtapose Art Fair here (deadline 1st September 2020).
Who are you and how did you form the founding team behind Juxtapose Art Fair?
The Juxtapose board is Pamela Grombacher, Canadian curator, Sasha Rose Richter, Danish curator and Jacob Juhl, Danish artist. In early 2018 Jacob and an artist colleague, Lars Bang, started talking about organising an independent art fair in Denmark. However, neither of them felt they had the experience or the time to do it on their own, so Jacob started asking around in Aarhus for partners with more organisational skill and experience. Sasha showed a keen interest right off the bat, and as she had been working with Pam on a number of projects she suggested that Pam be a part of the board as well.
Why did you feel the need to start a new art fair for artist-run spaces?
There is so much happening in the independent art spaces right now and the scene is really booming! There is a lot of fresh energy and willingness to try out new and daring formats that you just don’t see in museums or established galleries. But most of these initiatives are still a well-kept secret to most people – the audience is mainly other artists and curators. We feel that the independent platforms deserve a much wider reach and hope that we can contribute to that by presenting some of them in a popular public space that is visited by people from all walks of life.
What can we expect from the first year of Juxtapose Art Fair, and what do you hope to achieve on a longer horizon?
We are launching the first edition of Juxtapose Art Fair on 4-6 June 2021. We’ll kick off with an opening party on Friday night, followed by a diverse program of activities over the weekend. The fair will unfold throughout Godsbanen, which is an old freight train station that now serves as a cultural center in central Aarhus.
The fair’s main exhibition will take place in Godsbanen’s Rå Hal (“raw hall”) – a huge space that combines modern and historical architecture, with concrete floors and an arched wood ceiling. With our open call (deadline 1st September) we encourage artist-run initiatives to imagine how they could utilise this space in creative ways. Throughout the weekend exhibitors will each give a short talk to introduce their initiative, and in the evenings there will be a series of thematic panel discussions and debates.
In Godsbanen’s central foyer you will see a curated exhibition by artists who are members of AIM Network (Artist Initiative Meetings Network), which will focus on the artists behind the network’s various artist-run initiatives. We are also collaborating with Artist Run Network Europe (ARNE), a new project supported by Creative Europe, on a one-day conference that will take an in-depth look at some of the most pressing issues facing the artist-run sector today.
We are now fundraising for a visiting curator programme that aims to consider the role of curators in the artist-run sector, imagining different ways in which freelance and institutional curators can support artist-run initiatives. We have also invited local artist-run exhibition spaces to be affiliate partners, which visitors can check out through our guided walking tours around the city center.
We can’t wait to see what kinds of ideas and collaborations might grow out of the inaugural fair. Looking forward, our main priority is to learn from this experience and make sure that Juxtapose Art Fair has value and impact for the participating artists, and the larger artist-run sector.
Our plan is to continue as a biennial, following the first edition in June 2021. It is difficult to imagine what the world will look like in 2023 and beyond, especially given all the recent uncertainties surrounding the pandemic. Like everyone, we are thinking about issues related to travel, and especially its impact on creating a sustainable and inclusive fair – and that will definitely carry forward in our planning of future editions.
What is different about Juxtapose Art Fair in comparison to other artist-run art fairs?
We are in many ways inspired by Supermarket – how it showcases a wide variety of different artist-run projects, and creates opportunities for the participating artists to meet and learn from one another. We are so excited to work with AIM Network, which originated in Supermarket’s Meetings programme, and with Artist-Run Network Europe on Juxtapose’s conference and internal programming. This format is unique in Denmark, especially in the region (Jutland) where we are based.
Our focus is on highlighting the diversity of the artist-run sector. This is in part to create visibility around the sector, and in part to celebrate the artists who make up this sector. This is why we have chosen not to adopt a thematic framework for the fair – to allow more room for artist-run initiatives to showcase their unique profiles, without having to adhere to a specific curatorial theme.
You recently launched the open call for participation in the first year of Juxtapose Art Fair. Who can participate and what criteria and qualities are you looking for?
The call is open for artist-run initiatives, for example artist-run exhibition spaces, artist collectives, independent art publications, and online art forums. Our goal is to make the public here in Aarhus curious about the kinds of independent projects that operate outside of more familiar, institutional settings like museums and commercial galleries. Artists are invited to apply on behalf of an initiative they run, rather than on an individual basis.
Successful applicants will paint a clear picture about their initiative – what it is, why it was founded, how it operates, what projects are shown, etc. Through the open call we want to find out: What is your initiative’s profile? What is its focus? What is the ethos? What is the overarching goal?
Our goal is to select participants with very different profiles so that, when shown in juxtaposition to each other, the diversity of the sector is impossible to ignore.
Marisa Cornejo, Dream with Ramon Grosfoguel, oil on metal 25 x 40 cm, 2020
This is a selection of a series of contemporary ex-votos (an ex-voto is a votive offering to a saint or to a divinity) that I painted during the confinement.
These paintings are dreams I had with philosophers that had inspired and supported my artistic practice and research of the last few years.
These ex-votos about my dreams guide my life and give me courage to continue my singular path.
Marisa Cornejo, The skin of shame, oil on metal, 25 x 40 cm, 2020
Marisa Cornejo, Dream with Ramon Grosfoguel, oil on metal 25 x 40 cm, 2020
Marisa Cornejo is an artist based in both Switzerland and France. She has a Bachelors Degree in Visual Arts from the UNAM, Mexico and a Masters Degree from the CCC, HEAD, Geneva, Switzerland. Marisa was born in Santiago de Chile in 1971 and left with her family after the coup d”Etat in 1973, to live in exile in Argentina 1973-76, Bulgaria 1977-78, Belgium 1978-80, Mexico 1980-98 where she studied dance, visual arts and collaborated in the art collective La Panadería in México City. In 1998, she moved to England where she became a mother and 2002 found her in Brussels, Belgium. Since 2005 she is in Geneva where she works with the themes of memory, identity and forced migration through drawing her dreams as an artist researcher.
Paadmaan Projects with artist Rouzbeh Akhbari approached Supermarket's creative directors to answer several questions about the art fair and the artist-run art scene in general.
Paadmaan (meaning ‘safeguard’ in Farsi) is an independent artist-run platform for contemporary art with an interdisciplinary approach based in Tehran, Iran, established in 2018. Through a variety of curatorial programming, Paadmaan seeks to expand on existing discourses surrounding contemporary art within various Iranian communities and supporting their input – transforming it into output.
Paadmaan aims to develop networking locally and internationally and improve the collective in the contemporary art scene by focusing on research, dialogue and presentation. Paadmaan promotes these by organising exhibitions, events, artist residencies, lectures, screenings, publications and various interactions throughout Iran and abroad.
‘Paadmaan Video Event’ is an international annual video event in Tehran, seeking to explore video documentation of recent contemporary works of art (installation, performance, new media), University of Art, Tehran, December 2019, photo: Paadmaan projects
Deborah R. Eisinger, from the series 'cloud of witnesses 2014/15'
"Come forth, bloggers" From hesitance, found footage, and digging family archives (not only in quarantine)
Total estimated reading time: 20 minutes
So, how could one resist contributing to this blog, when you ‘re so kindly asked by the effortlessly hard-working team of SUPERMARKET? Exactly! You simply don’t.
At first I was hesitant (I don’t blog, vlog, you name it) and sometimes I tend to be shy about stuff that I ‘m doing and working on, but hey: Let’s give it a try (while I hope you’re being as patient as lenient), get a cup of coffee (or tea) for an estimated reading time of 20 minutes max, and have some virtual fika together –– it’s the final round of postponed (ex) SUPERMARKET ART FAIR WEEK! And in general, more time than ever, to show some love, to support each other and to engage in all ways legitimately possible.
Including a "word play", that I ‘m unable to discard at this very moment, and to emphasise this to begin with: Of all highly cherished supermarkets (and their tireless employees) running them) here in Northrhine-Westphalia – SUPERMARKET would be the only one, where I ‘d rather be right now to stand in line embracing the state of the art(s) with you!
Anyways... instead of gathering at Skrapan together this week – which would literally and quite practically have been a 'high-light' in itself – getting to know all of the exhibitors, artists, participants and learning from wonderful projects and each other, we have been tuning in from all over the globe through the web staring at screens with a thing some might call "(super) safe distance", because, well – we all had/have to learn it the hard way and already know it – a pandemic happened, with the end nowhere near in sight. No news! (Un)fair and surreal enough. Hang in there.
Although I’ve been following SUPERMARKET ART FAIR from Germany for a couple of years now, this year’s 2020 edition would have been my very first to join in. And after being selected as a PNP, my participation was/would/will generously be made possible through the funding of Tyska Ambassaden Stockholm. Which added to my original excitement to take part.
As a self-organised hybrid and (curating) cultural producer with a background in photography (BA) from Folkwang University of the Arts (Essen,Germany), a soft spot for cross-cultural, co-creating cooperations and plenty of (privileged) quarantine-time to run inwards now, I can devote myself to a personal project, that I kept close to heart and pretty private, too.
The initial momentum: For my BA-project "cloud of witnesses" (2014/15) I was working with photos of my beloved Dutch grandmother, who had passed away and to whom I had not been able to say goodbye forever. The only thing that was left besides memories and memoirs? A photo box, that she had been treasuring her whole lifetime.
To quickly come back to the future and to the point of this contribution... The loss of my grandmother and "cloud of witnesses" are not only accompanying me ever since, but moreover it marked off a starting point, that kept adding up to the realization:
Digging up one's own family archive – whether publicly processed through the arts or keeping it to yourself – is more common than I ever thought it would be.
Which again brought me to wanting to unfold and extend this very realisation. Through artistic research and by trying to understand other artists' approaches on family archives and vernacular photography.
Hence a final MA-research-project, that was/is in the making.
From Poland to Argentina and Indonesia, there is no day passing without coming across inspiring works and artists, that among others help (the way overdue) queering and de- colonizing of (family) histories and archives, may they be well-established/institutionalised or barely even known.
Thanks to the SUPERMARKET ART FAIR Team/Alice Máselníková, who had been asking for blog contributions, parts of my creative #quarantine research project-process in terms of "How to write an interview with a fellow artist overseas" has been speeded up a little to be aired and shared with you.
Starting off with artist Will Vickers, who is working with found photographs of his grandparents, and currently is based, where like so many of us, can't be right now to mingle in person: Södermalm.
Coming forth and almost to an end: You can find our digital conversation on life, death, family, found footage and how to try to make sense of it all, in written word and in its full bloom here.
Hope you like and enjoy the read, and that all of you and your loved ones are well and safe, wherever you are.
P.S.: In case, you're lucky enough to be around sunny Stockholm (and in health), you might consider wanting to say hi to Will and his partner Lilli from a safe distance? Also: if you know about a friend of a friend or you yourself might be working in the field of interest described or beyond – very much looking forward to get in touch :)