Subtext & Discourse
Valerie von Meiss, founder of The Curve | EP41 Subtext & Discourse

Valerie von Meiss, founder of The Curve | EP41 Subtext & Discourse

September 11, 2021

Valerie von Meiss is the founder of The Curve a private project space and nomadic gallery in Berlin which has a focus on contemporary collage.

the Curve is a private art space and nomadic gallery exclusively dedicated to the exhibition and promotion of contemporary collage art. Young emerging as well as established artists are given a platform here. Founded 2017 in the hallway of a private apartment in Berlin Mitte, the Curve regularly takes over pop-up spaces and believes in collaborations beyond the traditional gallery landscape.

Interview with Valerie von Meiss recorded by Michael Dooney on 11. June 2021 at The Curve, Berlin.

 

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Elena Feijoo, founder of Exgirlfriend and HER | EP40 Subtext & Discourse

Elena Feijoo, founder of Exgirlfriend and HER | EP40 Subtext & Discourse

June 24, 2021

Elena Feijoo is the founder and managing director of the Berlin based art gallery Exgirlfriend EGF UG & the non-profit art studio building/art service provider Human Esthetic Resources HER gUG.

Exgirlfriend is a contemporary art gallery showcasing experimental works from emerging artists, and HER is a studio complex and non-profit art service provider. Elena Feijoo is the majority shareholder of both businesses and currently manages all aspects of their daily operations.

Interview with Elena Feijoo recorded by Michael Dooney on 18. May 2021 in Friedrichshain, Berlin.

 

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Pierre-André Podbielski, gallerist Podbielski Contemporary | EP39 Subtext & Discourse

Pierre-André Podbielski, gallerist Podbielski Contemporary | EP39 Subtext & Discourse

June 17, 2021

Gallerist Pierre-André Podbielski, the founder of Podbielski Contemporary, describes himself a citizen of the world.

Of Polish and German descent (father was Prussian raised in Berlin, mother Polish raised in Vienna), born in Geneva and bearing an Australian passport, he is fluent in English, French, German and Italian.

A qualified architect (Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris), a passionate collector, he has become an art dealer and an active partner of Galleria Rubin from 2001 to 2009 - his main area of expertise was abstract painting, photography and site specific commissions.

His participation in numerous fairs (Art Cologne, Artefiera Bologna, Miart, Preview Berlin, Scope Miami) has allowed him to establish a qualified network of contacts among artists, galleries, curators and collectors. In order to best consolidate such acquired experience and face new challenges, he has launched Podbielski Contemporary in Summer 2011 in Berlin.

Interview with Pierre-André Podbielski recorded by Michael Dooney on 9. May 2021 between Berlin and Milan via Squadcast.

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Anne Schwanz, co-founder of OFFICE IMPART | EP38 Subtext & Discourse

Anne Schwanz, co-founder of OFFICE IMPART | EP38 Subtext & Discourse

January 11, 2021

Anne Schwanz co-founded OFFICE IMPART together with Johanna Neuschäffer in 2018. She studied art and art history at Caspar David Friedrich Institute, Greifswald University and after graduating in 2004 worked at Galerie EIGEN + ART until 2018.

OFFICE IMPART is a gallery, but one that hardly corresponds to the standard definition of a gallery. One of the many impacts of the digital age that is key to the presentation of art is a new understanding of space as a multidimensional structure that can be linked in all directions. (read more)

Interview with Anne Schwanz recorded by Michael Dooney on 23. November 2020 at OFFICE IMPART Berlin.

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Felix Hoffmann, chief curator C/O Berlin | EP37 Subtext & Discourse

Felix Hoffmann, chief curator C/O Berlin | EP37 Subtext & Discourse

December 17, 2020

Felix Hoffmann, has been the chief curator of the C/O Berlin Foundation since 2005. He studied art history and cultural studies in Vienna and Berlin and worked at the Photo Museum in Munich, the Kupferstich-Kabinett Dresden and the Museum Folkwang in Essen.

C/O Berlin is a charitable foundation that presents a cultural program with an international standing. The exhibition venue for photography and visual media shows works by renowned artists, promotes emerging talents and accompanies children, teenagers and adults on their journeys of discovery through our visual culture.

Interview with Felix Hoffmann recorded by Michael Dooney on 10. November 2020 at C/O Berlin.

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Nina Ross, artist, activist & parent | EP36 Subtext & Discourse

Nina Ross, artist, activist & parent | EP36 Subtext & Discourse

November 23, 2020

Nina Ross is a Melbourne based artist working predominantly with video, performance and photography. Her research led practice draws on individual experiences to interrogate the use of visual and textual language within political and personal spheres. Using the body, her work speaks to current global issues, while giving a voice to personal narratives and concerns. Beyond her personal work, Nina engages in various collaborative practices including co-founding Artists’ Committee (2017) and Artists’ Subcommittee (2018). 

In 2013 Nina received a Master of Fine Art (Research) with first class honours from Monash University in Melbourne, supervised by Peta Clancy. Nina’s thesis received the Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Master’s Thesis Excellence Award. Previous to this Nina obtained a BA (Fine Art Photography) Honours in 2006 and a BA (Media Arts) in 2004 from RMIT University.

Nina has lectured sessionally in photography, art theory, conceptual development and professional practice at various universities including Photography Studies College and RMIT University (School of Media and Communication) in Melbourne.

Since 2014 Nina has worked with a group of Melbourne based artists called Art/Parents. Together they explore the experiences of artists who are also parents.

Interview with Nina Ross recorded by Michael Dooney on 30. August 2020 with Squadcast.fm between Berlin, Germany and Melbourne, Australia.

Portrait photo by Hannah Reich

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Maya Anner, chief curator PHOTO IS:RAEL | EP35 Subtext & Discourse

Maya Anner, chief curator PHOTO IS:RAEL | EP35 Subtext & Discourse

November 13, 2020

Maya Anner is a curator working in Tel-Aviv, and currently serves as the Chief Curator of PHOTO IS:RAEL, the International Photography Festival in Tel-Aviv. She was the Arts Manager at the British Council Tel-Aviv, the curator and art director at ArtLink and has worked at the Photography department at the MoMA and at Tel-Aviv Museum of Art.

Maya holds an MA in Art History and a Diploma in Curatorial and Museum Studies from the Tel-Aviv University. Maya serves as a juror in various awards and festivals, recent ones include Photo Espana, Odesa Photo Days, Photo Lucida and Fresh Paint Contemporary Art Fair.

Interview with Maya Anner recorded by Michael Dooney on 7. November 2020 with Squadcast.fm between Berlin, Germany and Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Portrait photo by Daniel Tchetchik

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ZERO WASTE exhibition at Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig | EP34 Subtext & Discourse

ZERO WASTE exhibition at Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig | EP34 Subtext & Discourse

October 6, 2020

The group exhibition Zero Waste showcases international positions in contemporary art that point out the urgency to save resources, consume less, and live more sustainably. In diverse installations, videos, sculptural works, and photographs the artists investigate the global consequences of plastic packaging, tire abrasion, toxic chemicals, and the overproduction of consumer goods. Zero Waste will be realised by the German Environment Agency in cooperation with the MdbK and curated by Hannah Beck-Mannagetta and Lena Fließbach.

The exhibition catalogue, published by the Museum of Fine Arts Leipzig (MdbK) and the German Environment Agency, contains essays by Hannah Beck-Mannagetta and Lena Fließbach, Sven Bergmann and Yusif Idies, Martin Ittershagen and Fotini Mavromati such as Minimal Mimi. The catalogue (130 pages, colour pictures) is available now from the museums pay desk at the price of 12 € and online from Do You Read Me. 100% of the proceeds from the catalogue will go to the tree-planting project by artist Andreas Greiner, with the aim of offsetting the CO2 footprint in the exhibition. The first field maple is planted in January, 2020 in Gohlis. A sponsorship of the "Aktion Baumstarke Stadt" of the city of Leipzig costs 250 € per tree.

Interviews for ZERO WASTE with Lena Fließbach & Hannah Beck-Mannagetta, Erik Sturm, Wolf von Kries, Jeanette Stoschek, and Bianca Kennedy & The Swan Collective recorded by Michael Dooney on 24. June 2020 at the Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig Germany.

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Ángel Luis González, founding director of PhotoIreland | EP33 Subtext & Discourse

Ángel Luis González, founding director of PhotoIreland | EP33 Subtext & Discourse

September 22, 2020

Ángel Luis González is the director of PhotoIreland, an independent organisation dedicated to stimulating a critical dialogue around Photography in Ireland and to internationally promoting the work of Irish-based artists. He won the David Manley Entrepreneur Award in 2011 for the PhotoIreland Festival project. In 2011, he launched ‘The Library Project’, a public resource library of photobooks, holding in excess of 3000 items from more than 300 publishers worldwide.

The Library Project also gives name to Ireland’s Art Bookshop, a unique space in Dublin’s city centre, offering the photobook collection, an eclectic bookshop, and a productive gallery programme. He has been a portfolio reviewer at events such as Les Rencontres d’Arles, Format Derby, PhotoEspaña, and The Triennial of Photography Hamburg. He is responsible for books such as Martin Parr’s Best Books of the Decade, New Irish Works, and the ongoing TLP Editions. He contributed to Landskrona Foto 2016, focused on Photography in Ireland, and he is an invited lecturer at university programmes, such as the Fine Art Photography Master at IED Madrid.

In 2019, he launched the public-facing project entitled ‘The Museum of Contemporary Photography of Ireland’ with its first instalment running 1-31 July as a 2000 m2 exhibition space, enquiring about Museums and Photography. The project will run every year during July as part of PhotoIreland Festival, until it becomes a fully fledged museum space. More recently, he developed OVER Journal, a new critical journal of Photography and Visual Culture for the 21st century, which was launched during PhotoIreland Festival 2020.

Interview with Ángel Luis González recorded by Michael Dooney on 31. July 2020 with Squadcast.fm between Berlin, Germany and Dublin, Ireland.

Portrait photo by Matthew Thompson

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Harriet Roth, art historian | EP32 Subtext & Discourse

Harriet Roth, art historian | EP32 Subtext & Discourse

September 7, 2020

Dr. Harriet Roth studied Medieval History, Modern History, and Art History. She obtained her doctorate in art history in 1996 with a thesis on the Origins of Museums in the 16th Century under the supervision of Horst Bredekamp, at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Her various publications deal with museum history and the architecture of Richard Neutra. Since 2019 Harriet has been the curator of the Wochenende der Moderne project for the Bezirksamt Steglitz-Zehlendorf of Berlin, Office for Further Education and Culture.

Interview with Dr. Harriet Roth recorded by Michael Dooney on 10. June 2020 at Onkel-Tom-Straße 87, 14169 Berlin, Germany.

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