A new international art fair, The Immigrants, is set to bring a fresh perspective on global art to London during Frieze Week. Between the 15th and 18th of October 2015, The Immigrants Art Fair will showcase the highest quality contemporary art from around the world at The Old Truman Brewery in East London.
Providing a chance to experience the most current trends, and works by established and emerging artists in a relaxed and convivial setting, The Immigrants is set to become a significant addition to London’s busy cultural calendar.
Created by the team behind Pinta London, the Latin American art fair that was established in London in 2010 and which helped bring modern and contemporary art from Latin America to the attention of museums, galleries, collectors and the general public, The Immigrants expands on the concept of the older fair. Breaking with geographical constraints to provide a fresh perspective on global art, The Immigrants is the expression of an idea that emphasises the value of cross-cultural experience.
Bringing together galleries from different regions, The Immigrants will present works by artists from a multitude of backgrounds and spanning different generations, all of who share a desire for breaking with the status quo and exploring new realms, new forms and new ideas.
As a concept, The Immigrants is simultaneously cultural, political and philosophical. The term encompasses almost every aspect of the art world, not just the artist, critic or curator, who are migrant by nature, but also the collectors and consumers (or art lovers), and even extends to its geographic location – an area of London that has a long-standing tradition of multiculturalism and diversity.
As well as specially curated sections, The Immigrants will also feature an extensive Auditorium Programme of talks and panel discussions presented by international curators, artists and leading experts in the field. Aimed at stimulating discussion, the programme will explore diverse topics, such as private and public collections, the market and specific examples of artistic practice highlighted at the fair. In addition, Pinta London is transformed into a platform of action and visibility for Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American art within The Immigrants, with special emphasis on its contemporary and more emergent expressions and on the historical precursors that give these their context.
Speaking about the inaugural edition, Alejandro Zaia, Founder and Director of The Immigrants and Co-Founder of Pinta London, said, “Two years ago I saw for the first time the concept of immigrants exhibited in Venice, in a show organised and curated by Federico Luger during the 2013 Biennale. I had read about it in the Italian media and wanted to experience it in person. That day I knew that the natural and organic evolution of Pinta should be The Immigrants.”
Artistic Director, Federico Luger, added “The Immigrants conveys in just two words the invitation to a journey, to imagine the future, the promise of an imaginary land, the occasion to leave old frontiers and old habits behind. The Immigrants will serve to promote and showcase in London, the most multicultural of cities, the best of the arts from other regions.”
The Immigrants/Pinta London Art Fair – 15 to 18 October 2015
The Old Truman Brewery 91 Brick Lane London, E1 6QL
For applications and further information please visit www.theimmigrants.net / www.pintalondon.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Images: courtesy of PINTA LONDON