Supermarket blog and social media
20–26 April
Supermarket blog and social media
20–26 April

Supermarket blog

The application to Supermarket 2016 is now open!

We are happy to announce that Supermarket 2016 will be held 20–24 April 2016.

For the second time Svarta huset (“The Black House”) on Telefonplan will be the venue. The building is located next to the famous “Konstfack” art school – the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design.

The area is defined by LM Ericsson’s classic 1930s industrial buildings, reimagined with new content. The city centre is only an easy 13 minutes away by metro, and the station is right next to Svarta huset.

From October 20 to November 20 we welcome artist-run spaces from around the world to make an online application.
For more information and how to apply, visit this page

Supermarket 2016 will also be celebrating its 10 year anniversary!

The goal of Supermarket – Stockholm Independent Art Fair is to provide a showcase for artists' initiatives from all over the world and to create opportunities for new networks in the Swedish and international art scenes. It is also an art fair that strives to offer the visitor an experience, rather than focusing on sales. Artist-run galleries regularly staging public exhibitions in their own exhibition spaces and other artists' initiatives that arrange exhibitions and events with invited artists can apply to exhibit at Supermarket 2016. Individual artists or artists' groups founded only for applying to Supermarket will not be considered.


Application Deadline: 20 November 2015
Supermarket dates: 21–24 April 2016
Press viewing and Professional Preview Wednesday 20 April.


Best regards,
The Supermarket project committee

Three quick questions: Seçil Yaylali from gallery Pasaj, Istanbul.

Today we’re talking to Seçil Yaylali who’s exhibiting with gallery Pasaj from Istanbul at Supermarket 2015. Her piece ‘‘Love to Love’’ was chosen as this year's cover image for Supermarket Art Magazine!

Hi Secil! Who are you?
I’m a visual artist based in Istanbul. My art practice is mainly on participatory art projects. I have done projects in different countries such as Turkey, Lebanon, Italy, Spain, Germany, Palestine. I think life is more meaningful when you share with other people even the process of creating. Instead of a huge artist ego, exchange brings you a bigger satisfaction.

Could you tell us a little bit about your piece ”Love to Love”?
“Love to Love” is an artwork inspired by the pieces of skin of molasses layers produced in Anatolia. They are eatable and delicious. They are cut in the shape of a Hittiten alphabet letter which means “love, to love”.  This product has been produced in the same land of the Hittites (in the middle of modern Turkey) and is still on the markets. I produced many pieces during several participatory events and workshops, then I asked participants to send by post their piece to someone they love around the world. So this sweet creates a communication between people and also past and today.

In the last step, I produced some light-boxes with a particular resin that hold the molasses down.

What do you look forward to the most at Supermarket?
First of all, I’m looking forward to see the whole supermarket exhibition. Such a fair sounds very human and alternative, I really liked the whole concept. Then I will be happy if I can meet some artists that we can do productive collaboration. In Turkey we have lack of funds for arts and culture therefore it creates a limited vision, we need to look further to widen our horizons. On the other hand Istanbul is one of the most requested destination with its unique atmosphere, structure, geography and life. I’m really curious and excited to be part of supermarket.

Click here for more of Seçil’s work. 



‘‘Love to Love’’
Photo credit: Seçil Yaylali

Three quick questions: Tobias Dirty from gallery Urgente, Buenos Aires

We’re continuing our ‘Three quick question’ series with an interview with artist Tobias Dirty from gallery Urgente in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At Supermarket 2015 they will show art works from four artists exploring the idea of portability and mobility related to the difficulties exporting art outside Argentina. On this theme Tobias has created works that can be folded and transported in standard suitcases. 

Hi Tobias! Who are you?
I studied at the National Arts University in Buenos Aires and have been doing both solo and group exhibitions and art fairs during the last years. I currently run Urgente together with a group of other artists. My work focuses on social issues such as gender theories, sexuality, work and discrimination through a wide range of media: drawing, sculpture, installation and performance. I reflect on these topics through physical experiences, forcing the spectator to participate and relate to them in a personal way. I really like to manipulate cliches and preconceptions to think about art’s real use and its potential as a reality transforming force.

Could you tell us a little bit about "Vagabond"?
“Vagabond” is a piece from the solo show I’m having in Buenos Aires at the same time as the art fair. It’s the result of a series of works about young people, their role in society and how they are perceived. It consists of a chart comparing young people and “vagabonds” (French for hobo). Also, when I made the actual piece I always had in mind how difficult and corrupt steps I had to take to export the piece properly, affecting how I made it and even its materiality. It’s because of those absurd bureaucracy processes that most, if not all, artists and gallerists end up hiding artworks in their luggage. So I thought of the piece in terms of functionality, I thought of a piece that could be folded, wrinkled, not ruined, and actually being complete by the fact that it was transported like this. I’m also showing another piece that is actual clothing and will be packed as such in my bags.

What do you look forward to the most at Supermarket?
I’m sure this experience will be fun and productive; personally I would love to get to know the other projects at the fair, and even go to the ones from Stockholm. It would be great to find a group with common interests and even some friendly bonds.

For more art from Tobias, go to his Tumblr


Photo credit: Tobias Dirty
Tobias Dirty
Photo credit: Tobias Dirty

Three quick questions: Laura Ortiz-Vega and Gregorio Barrio from Antena Estudio, Mexico City

Part two of our "Three quick questions" interview series! This time we've spoken more with Laura Ortiz-Vega and Gregorio Barrio from Antena Estudio in Mexico City about their collaboration and specifically the piece "Celula" which will be exhibited at Supermarket 2015. 

Hi Laura and Gregorio! Who are you?
We are artists from very different backgrounds. Gregorio is a Traditional Artist from an indigenous group in Mexico called "Huicholes" and I am a Contemporary self taught artist from Mexico City.

Could you tell us about your piece "Celula"?
Laura: "Celula"is the first collaboration between Gregorio and me. This work is a combination of traditional techniques and contemporary urban imagery. As Huichol Art has been the most influential form of art in my work, having the opportunity to collaborate with one of the masters of this art, represents to me a more profund understanding of the culture of my country.
For me, "Celula" contains all the information necessary to develop a new visual vocabulary based on the traditional ritualistic imagery of the Huicholes and graphic elements of urban art. It represents the contrast between the old and the new but more than the contrast, it represents the balance and the point of departure to rethink and revaluate the tradition.

What do you look forward to the most at Supermarket?
We think that Supermarket is the perfect opportunity to share a part of our culture with a fresh and open public as are the Nordic people. We are very excited for our participation at the fair!


Take a look at Lauras website and an interview with Gregorio (in French)


Photo credit: Laura Ortiz-Vega and Gregorio Barrio

Three quick questions: Warren King from Detroit Stockholm

Today we're starting a new format on the blog: introducing four interesting artists that will exhibit at Supermarket 2015! The first artist is Warren King whose life size cardboard sculpture "Shaoxing Group, China" will be shown by gallery Detroit Stockholm.

Hi Warren! Who are you? 
Hi! I'm Warren, and I do sculpture, mostly figures using cardboard from boxes. I'm pretty new to the art world -- I only started doing it seriously about 2 years ago when I moved to Stockholm. Before that, I worked at software companies doing data analysis for big corporations, and before that I was a structural engineer designing stadiums and office buildings. Nowadays I cut cardboard full time.

Could you tell us a little bit about ”Shaoxing Group, China”?
That project started after a visit to my grandparents' hometown in China. It was my first time in China, and as we wandered around the streets we met some elderly residents and stopped to chat. As it turned out, these people knew my grandparents from 50 years ago. It was very profound -- the sense of having lost touch with this part of my past, and then rediscovering it by chance. So this series of sculptures -- which is an ongoing project to recreate the residents of that village one person at a time - is sort of an expression of my attempts to understand those connections. 

What do you look forward to the most at Supermarket?
I've only exhibited once before, and that was a bit scary. Coming from a very technical background, I'm not used to putting creative output into the world for strangers to scrutinize, especially stuff as personal as this. But it was really amazing to see all of the different, unpredictable ways people react. Supermarket is on another level completely, and the people who attend are typically open-minded and looking for something new, so I'm looking forward to experiencing the reactions from that crowd. And of course, like the other attendees, I'm excited to get immersed in the diversity of ideas, motivations, disciplines. Which also happens to be why I joined Detroit Stockholm.


Instagram:  @wrnking
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/wrnkingart



Shaoxing Group, China
Photo credit: Warren King
Warren King
Photo credit: Warren King