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Summa Contemporary Art Fair sets a new date; Boasts new artistic direction
Juan de Nieves and Eva Gonzaílez-Sancho.

MADRID.- Summa Contemporary Art Fair set a new date for contemporary art and its related market this September (18-21), following a first edition held successfully in 2013, and once again located within the Matadero, one of the most visited spaces on the Madrid scene.

This second edition boasts the artistic direction of the curators Eva González-Sancho and Juan de Nieves.

Conceived as a fair with an international vocation, in this edition SUMMA 2014 will pay special attention to Spanish art generated both within and outside our borders, and will work on fostering a new model of fair, which knows how to respond to the demands of a collector eager to know the new values of art, and keen to contribute to a change in the relationships and habitual practices of acquisition of work and dealing with galleries.

SUMMA 2014 will present a selection of around 75 galleries, both national and international, which will exhibit works both of renowned artists and of new talent.

Committé SUMMA 2014:

Gabriela Moragas, Galería Àngels Barcelona, Barcelona
Julián Rodríguez, Galería Casa Sin Fin, Madrid / Cáceres
Patricia Kishishian & Jean-Claude Ghenassia, Galerie Sobering, París
Ricardo Ocampo, Document Art Gallery, Buenos Aires
Roger Szmulewicz, Fifty One Gallery, Amberes.

The general programme includes two transverse programmes (curated by independent curators Gloria Moure (SP) and Marina Fokidis (GR)) and is commissioned within the exceptional setting of Nave 16 of the Matadero, which in turn boasts an exquisite architectural intervention by Nieto & Sobejano. Moreover it will once again include the UP section (a selection by curator Carolina Grau), dedicated to galleries less than five years old, and the MadridFoto section, centered on galleries whose focus is on photography.

As in its previous edition, SUMMA 2014 will carry out diverse programmes for collectors. The program “New Collectors” will be sponsored by Fundación Banco Santander. In addition to the exhibitors, SUMMA 2014 invites visitors to the fair to take part in a series of discussions, debates and round-table forums sponsored by AECID and Fundación Banco Sabadell.

Directed by curator and art critic Octavio Zaya, these events will host a number of relevant speakers and will explore current themes related to collecting, new formats of production and professional linkages between curatorial positionings, galleries and art fairs.

Eva González-Sancho is a curator. She was director and curator at FRAC Bourgogne (Dijon, FR) from 2003 to 2011 and at Etablissement d’en Face projects (Brussels, BE) from 1998 to 2003, as well as lecturing in The History of Exhibitions at Metz University from 2001 to 2004.

She is responsible for the conception and organisation of over 50 exhibitions. More than half of these exhibitions were showcasing new art production from artists such as Guillaume Leblon, Lara Almarcegui, Knut Åsdam, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Jonas Dahlberg, Rita McBride, Dora García and Matthew Buckingham, among others.

Through exhibitions, interventions in public spaces, artist in residence programs or research projects, her curatorial interests are often concerned with reflections on public space and “the politic issue”, the architecture and the function of space, as well as issues related with language through projects that lead the spectator to a wider questioning of the conditions and forms of self-perception and a growing awareness of specific places, moments and contexts.

She defines her curatorial approach as focused in ‘Non-Authoritarian’ art practices that offer a wide range of maneuver and interpretation to the public, non-spectacular approaches that recognize the prominence of the spectators, their own individuality and responsibility.

Among her recent projects, she was co-curator of LIAF 2013 (Lofoten, NO) together with curators Anne Szefer Karlsen and Bassam El Baroni; was appointed Director of MUSAC (ES) in 2013 and is currently working on a major show of Lars Laumann for Kunstnernes Hus together with the curator and director of Kunstnernes hus, Mats Stjernstedt.

Eva González-Sancho is member of the IKT, International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art and the ADACE, Spanish Association of Directors of Contemporary Art.

Juan de Nieves is a curator. From 1994 to 1998, he was a curator at CGAC in Santiago de Compostela, and between 1999 and 2005 curator for EACC (Castelló, ES). Between 2005 and 2009 he was the director of EACC, where he developed a program that focused on the production of site-specific pieces related to their urban and socio-cultural contexts. Among other projects organised in the exhibition space as well as in the public space, interventions by Santiago Cirugeda, Daniel Buren, Miguel Ventura, Angel Vergara, John Knight, Antonio Miralda or Josep María Martín are to be highlighted. He also programmed a series of exhibitions that explored the language of video and cinema (Paul Sharits, Ulrike Ottinger) along with artist and filmmaker workshops.

In 2013 he was appointed director of Rupert, in Vilnius, Lithuania.

As an independent curator, he has curated exhibitions of Rosa Barba, Isidoro Valcárcel Medina, Dora García, Angel Vergara and Jorge Barbi, among others.

During his nearly 20 years of experience, Juan de Nieves has given numerous lectures and workshops in Europe and Latin America, and has been a guest lecturer at the Master in Art, Museology and Critical Theory at the University of Santiago de Compostela since 2007. Among other ongoing projects he is preparing an exhibition with the artist Rosa Barba at the CAC Vilnius to take place in June 2014.

Juan de Nieves is member of the IKT, International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art and the ADACE, Spanish Association of Directors of Contemporary Art.

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