Fållan 10, Johanneshov, Stockholm
Applications for Supermarket 2018 are now being accepted!
We are delighted to announce that Supermarket 2018 will be held 12–15 April 2018.
This year we have a brand new venue, Slaughterhouse 5, taken over from a meatpacking company.
Location: Fållan 10, Slakthusområdet (the meatpacking district), Stockholm, 10 minutes by metro from the city centre (metro stop Globen) and 20 minutes by bike with no large hills to conquer. [map]
Applications: From 9 October until 31 October we welcome artist-run spaces from around the world to make an online application at www.supermarketartfair.com. The pre-selection results will be announced on 30 November 2017.
If you have proposals to the Talks and Performance programme you can contact us with suggestions via email to [email protected]
Application Deadline: 31 October 2017 (midnight)
Supermarket dates: 12–15 April 2018
Press viewing and Professional preview: 11 April 2018
If you have any questions please contact us at [email protected]
LEGACY: Who Will Survive, and What Will Be Left of Them?
For the first time we decided to reveal the fair’s theme together with the open call, to give you double the thrill (and perhaps some inspiration). As every year, we will continue to develop and address the topic in more detail in the Supermarket Art Magazine. If you would like to contribute to the magazine with an article or have an idea related to the theme, please get in touch at [email protected]
We feel that the idea of legacy is a relevant topic for artist-run art spaces, who constantly deal with the ephemerality of their existence and status. Legacy in this context is closely followed by legitimacy, with artworks and artistic practices justified by their pedigree, gaining value through historical definitions and constructs of the market. Institutions face similar problems: museums, archives and contemporary galleries fulfil their purpose by preserving dead and living artists, but how they do it and whom they reach is another issue.
Legacy is not only what is left after us, but also what has been left to us. The former we can influence, somewhat, the latter we have to accept although we were not allowed to choose it; often a bequest from the past we had never wanted. It is a strange two-folded concept: the material we are made of as inherited from our predecessors who are already long gone, and as shaped by the history; and the posterity we will not get to see – or never even have. The everything of us that might be forgotten:
that is why there is the need to objectify our presence and continuously create tokens of memory. We cherish those, as they are simple items of preservation of ourselves, or of the other. The parallel side of legacy is intangible and of equal importance. These are thoughts, knowledge-sharing, simple words and small fleeting exchanges; individual and collective legacies forwarded from person to person, from artist to artist, from an established art space to a new one.
Some lingering questions:
How much can you change the course of present events so that you make a mark on them?
How well and far ahead can you plan to make future just a bit more predictable and solid?
If we as artist create art with the intention to have a larger impact on the world, reassure our existence and preserve ourselves in a more tangible way, what is the actual point of such self-absorbed creation?
Does it make any difference what will happen to our art after we are gone – and what difference does it make when we are here?
We are very much looking forward to receiving your applications!
The Supermarket project committee
Alice, Andreas, Pontus
The goal of Supermarket – Stockholm Independent Art Fair is to provide a showcase of artists’ initiatives from all over the world and to create opportunities for new networks on Swedish and international art scene. It is an art fair that strives to offer the visitor an experience rather than focusing on sales. Artist-run galleries that regularly display public exhibitions in their own spaces, and other artists’ initiatives that arrange exhibitions and events with invited artists can apply to exhibit at Supermarket. Individual artists and artists’ groups established only for applying to Supermarket will not be considered.