|Loop Fair: XII Edition (2.6.2014)|
||Created in 2003 in Barcelona as the first fair devoted exclusively to video art, LOOP responds to the need for artists in the field of video art production to find the appropriate place for distribution and commercialization which lacks in traditional contemporary art fair.|
Because LOOP only focuses on artists’ film works, it provides the space, attitude and attention required by these practices.
Since then, it has forged a strong community coming from the concomitant fields of contemporary art and cinema, and has become a major event to discover, promote and discuss artists’ film and video in its best conditions.
It has created a space for discussion on current issues and themes related to contemporary cultural production and new media.
To detect and choose the relevant works, LOOP has engaged a committee of experts from different regions. Four prestigious and engaged collectors who are experienced in collecting videos form it: Jean-Conrad Lemaître and formed by Isabelle Lemaître (Paris), Josée and Marc Gensollen (Marseille) and Haro Cum- busyan (Istanbul) the committee has welcomed this year a new member, Mrs Renée Drake (Rotterdam).
The committee has carefully put together a programme of new artists’ films for LOOP 14. The works selected for this year offer a particular glimpse of the current trends in audio-visual creation, with more than 40 recent pieces from artists around the world.
LOOP offers the opportunity to discover for the first time new pieces by South African artist Mohau Modi- saken, the French Fabien Giraud et Raphaël Siboni or the Indian artists Nikhil Chopra & Munir Kabani, among many others. Altogether 20 premières will be shown this year, along with recent works of well-known international artists, such as the Israeli artist Guy Ben-Ner who represented his country at the 51st Venice Biennial, the American Slater Bradley, who in 2005 became the youngest male artist to have a solo show at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Israeli artist Sigalit Landau who also represented her country at the Venice Biennial in 2011, or the Colombian artist Oscar Muñoz who is having a big retrospec- tive at Jeu de Paume during LOOP, just to name a few.
The LOOP 2014 programme gathers very different works exploring various kind of audio-visual practices: animation, video essay, found footage films, video performance... Each piece imposes its own temporality, from the German California based artist Kota Ezawa’s 40-second-piece Silent Film (Newman) (Premiere at LOOP 2014) to the infinite generative piece Dérives, 2011-2013 by the French artists Émilie Brout & Maxime Marion (also presented for the first time).
Over 40 galleries take part in LOOP 2014, with new participants, such as Andreas Huber (Vienna), Wilfried Lentz (Rotterdam), Rampa (Istanbul) or Sommer (Israel). 20 different countries are represented this year, and for the first time LOOP will count with galleries from India with Chatterjee & Lal (Mumbai) and Africa, with Brundyn+ (Cape Town) and Omenka Gallery (Lagos).
What makes LOOP unique is that the works are presented in a solo show format, in the intimacy of a hotel room, thus creating an atmosphere tightly-focused on the piece which is brought into the viewer’s private sphere. It is also an ideal space for relations and exchanges.
LOOP Awards will honour once again the most outstanding works that are exhibited as well as the most remarkable gallery proposal from the LOOP 2014 edition. They are selected by a jury chaired by Bartomeu Marí (Director, MACBA).
The fair is also the occasion to showcase international projects. LOOP welcomes this year the Joburg art fair that will present its 2014 awards, the work Inzilo, by Mohau Modisakeng.