The Hybrid Festival 2019 is committed to international artistic exchange.

The fourth edition of the contest held in Madrid has as a novelty the SWAP project, which will also focus especially on artists from Ukraine.

Although it is a common place, there is something in art that makes it a common language for all, regardless of the one that each one uses. That is why it seems like an epithet (that rhetorical figure that the language teacher explained with 'white snow' or 'green grass') to say that an art festival is international. But it is that, in the case of the Hybrid Festival, it is in its DNA. And it goes further.

The Hybrid Festival has returned in its fourth edition to Madrid from September 13 to 28. And it has also done so, betting everything: 38 venues that have given up their spaces and more than 150 artists spread throughout the capital, from Prosperidad to Carabanchel. There is nothing for what began as a contest of hybrid art exhibitions (hence the name, we are not going to be more papist than the Pope either) and emerging artists (eleven of whom are competing this year for the impulsarte award).

Exhibition "Summer Siesta" in the Sala Equis

But let's get to the crux of the matter: the international issue. Because the Hybrid Festival presents SWAP as a novelty this year, an initiative to collaborate with other countries for an artistic exchange. There will be six spaces in which the exhibitions and activities will take place, with the aim, of course, of creating synergies between local and foreign creators and distributors.

The first guests come from London and are called Art Licks . It will be at Espacio Vista on September 18 and 19 with an exhibition that tries to rethink the figure of artistic curation. On Wednesday the 25th, at La Juan Gallery , the German collective Coven Berlin , specializing in gender, feminism and sexuality, will perform a performance in which they will reimagine a queer future. In addition, from the 24th to the 27th, in Alfama Madrid and coming from Boiro (Galicia, because not everything is going to be centralized in Madrid), the collective La Doce will carry out a project specifically designed for the space and entitled Waiting room .

Hybrid Festival 2019

To all this we must add that the leading country, however, this first year of SWAP is Ukraine, as groups from up to three cities will focus attention. These are kyiv, Dnipro and Kharkiv.

Dismantlement will arrive from the capital (20 to 26 September). It will do it to the space No One, Never, Nothing, No , and, curated by Anna Sorokovaya, from the Soshenko 33 collective, a meeting place for artists from the Kiev Academy of Fine Arts.

Dnipro will fly to Madrid from September 17 to 20 with the exhibition Soot, from the Artsvit group. It will be in the EFTI room , where the artists Daniil Revkovskiy and Andriy Rachinskiy review the industrial reconversion after the collapse of the Soviet Union with a current prism.

Finally, photography, which comes from the hand of the Ukrainian artist Igor Chekachkov and his project NA4JOPM8 (2018) at Le Mur Photo Gallery . With this series, the artist seeks to create metaphotographic questions about the limits of private space or how to expand the common fields of the image. To think, come on.

Igor Chekachkov and his project NA4JOPM8 (2018) at Le Mur Photo Gallery

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