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09/11/2022

10 Questions with Holly Roussell, curator of this year’s Curiosa sector at Paris Photo

(*10*)How can we assist the artists after Paris Photo?

I all the time go away room for collaboration. It’s about discovering the precise alternatives alongside the best way that may present a highlight for somebody. I’ve adopted Chen Xiaoyi since she gained China’s Three Shadows Award in 2014, for instance, and thought it might be a tremendous alternative to indicate her work right here. I hope the honest will present the artists collaborating within the Curiosa sector many new contacts in our business — and I might be very glad to work with any of them once more sooner or later ought to we discover the precise framework. 

 

(*10*)When you might sum up the expertise of curating Curiosa this year in three phrases, what would they be?

I just like the phrase ‘collaborative’. It will not be apparent, however it was undoubtedly how this course of was for me. I labored intently with Paris Photo’s staff, with every gallery and with the artists. It was ‘disruptive’, given my strategy to what rising artists are [see next question]. And, I suppose, ‘thrilling’. How usually does one have the honour to curate a sector for Paris Photo’s twenty fifth anniversary year!

 

(*10*)How do you outline the concept of ‘rising’?

I grew up in america, however I’ve lived between Switzerland and China for the final 12 years. I’m continually between areas the place artists which might be thought of very established in a single, and are rising within the different. It may be advantageous when a ‘well-established’ artist coming from China, like Chen Wei, is taken into account rising in France. Nevertheless it will get sophisticated, when somebody who’s had 10 or 15 years of severe work is taken into account ‘younger’ or not at the identical stage as a result of they arrive from a special area or from a rural space. Curiosa has been, in my curation, a possibility to supply a platform to people which have a permanent and significant observe who’ve maybe not but obtained the popularity the work deserves.

Utilizing social media, artists can share their work with out having bodily reveals. We see the identical names popping up in every single place, however seeing the identify and recognising {a photograph} doesn’t essentially equate to the artist making a dwelling and surviving from their work. I believe the pattern of “rising” could be very harmful. We’ve got this obsession with continually “discovering” new artists. It’s of course essential to provide alternatives to people that haven’t had them but — to highlight them. However, it may be a double-edged sword as a result of we could also be neglecting those that have had the fortune of having good press for one exhibition, but we don’t observe them with assist as their profession develops.

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