Nulobaz Gallery Photo: Tijana Pajovic
You notice the fair’s social aspect, as there is some sort of openness for conversation. One of the most colorful galleries were a new-born artist-run cooperative space in south Tel Aviv Nulobaz Gallery. Their exhibition showed at Supermarket was Boys ”R” Girls which works with transcends gender – it means that a person goes away from defining their gender. To be let inside their exhibition area you have to take your shoes off, which makes you stay longer in the space, making it more engaging to interact with them. This creates an instant conversation with the artist that is standing inside the installation. Everywhere you look inside the Boys ”R” Girls showcasing room is neon lights and toys made of different materials such as Play-Doh like models. The toys express how humans view each other through objectification to define identity. For instance, one toy has the name Ego grinder, looking like a mincing machine. These play-doh characters express different identities that in the end it is about how to rethink norms and standards in society.
Mwandale Mwanyekwa at work
Mwandale Mwanyekwa is a female artist from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania working with sculpture. Her wooden sculptures are made of Tanzanian Ebony wood. She is a member of the collective 14+Artists. They use the platform to create, develop and share experience with the common aim of addressing social, political, and economic challenges as well as developing Tanzanian contemporary art. The collective operates both in the region and abroad. Mwandale Mwanyekwa’s sculptures are inspired from her own beliefs and aspects of viewing life. She uses sculptures to portrait herself too, her own interpretation how she sees herself.
Photo: Tijana Pajovic
The representation of international artists was quite flamboyant. Some more noteworthy mentions are Stockholm-based gallery TEGEN2 which is an exhibition space ranging from visual art, sound/music, to reading and political actions, since 2006. The Teheran-based Electric Room showcasing short-term experimental projects, research-based presentations, performances, screening, smaller-scale events, and occasional single-piece exhibits. Kunstverein Famiile Montez from Frankfurt am Main, Germany, founded in 2007. They focus on contemporary independent art, showcasing videos/photographic material from Hermann Nitsch’s performance and action art at Supermarket. Durden and Ray, founded in 2009 in Los Angeles, is a comprised of artist/curators who work together to create exhibition opportunities at their downtown LA space. All in all, one more year Supermarket has achieved their mission of gathering international representatives of independent art worldwide, giving the support and encouragement to all these artists, creating a unique international network and improving the fair itself as an international artist hub.
Date: April 12th – 15th, 2018
Open: 11:00 – 22:00
Address: Fållan 10, Slakthusområdet, Stockholm
Admission: SEK 120