START returns to London’s Saatchi Gallery this September, showcasing emerging artists to give art collectors and enthusiasts alike the opportunity to discover unique pieces from developing global markets. Founded and organised by Parallel Contemporary Art and Saatchi Gallery, the fourth edition of START creates wider dialogues between new platforms, galleries and artists, presenting them to international audiences as a showcase for the future of expression.
The effects of globalisation, international relationships, spiritualism, popular culture and technology are amongst the exciting and wide-ranging themes that channel this year’s displays. Galleries hail from 25 different countries: Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Denmark, Dubai, Hong Kong, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Nigeria, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, The Netherlands, Turkey,United Kingdom, Ukraine, United States of America and Vietnam.
This extensive list of exhibitors sits alongside a new strand entitled Solo, featuring individual artist presentations. For this year’s edition it includes individual presentations from Marcus Dove who looks towards the importance of visual metaphors for the representation of freedom. Bringing destruction to the fore, the works look at the effects of missile launchers and smoke grenades in a new interpretation of contemporary art within today’s politically charged landscape. Multi-media Indian artist Owais Husain offers a different approach to the strand, displaying works on paper that look towards identity, displacement and history, a theme that strikes incredible resonance within today’s accelerated landscape.
Further to these newly instated threads are the Start Projects, which are based in an interest in contemporary Asian Art Scenes. For this year, the attneiton turns to Vietnam and Korea through a Global Eye Programme that aims to nurture talent within the regions. Exhibitors include rising stars, the LE Brothers, Nguyen Van Du and Nguyen Tri Manh. Building connections between emerging and estbalished artists, and noting the conceptual threads that bind them, the event promises to create widened conversations about the place that creativity holds in the modern world. As Serenella Ciclitira, Co-Founder of START and CEO of Parallel Media Group states: “Every year START adapts to current climate of the art world and we are delighted to again present such a strong line-up of innovative galleries and artists for the fourth edition. I’m very confident that collectors, curators and critics will leave the event having made significant discoveries of artists and gallerists.”
START Art Fair runs 14-17 September at Saatchi Gallery, London. For more information: www.startartfair.com
For a full list of exhibitors: www.startartfair.com/exhibitors
1. Ngyuen The Son, D8 Thanh Cong. Courtesy of the artist.