Meet one of our Jurors, Nicoletta Boschiero, chief curator of Mart Museum! Some interesting tips on how to step out and be a professional artists! Enjoy
- The art world keeps changing and the art market appears to be the only judge. Are there any constant values in this scenario?
For people like me, who work in cultural institutions, the
art market is carefully taken into consideration but it isn't
overwhelming, it doesn't prevail on our choices. In a museum the
values taken into consideration are the collective wealth, ethics,
sobriety and, broadly speaking, research, experimentation,
contamination. We are interested mostly in artists that deal with the
reclamation and re-use of certain objects, for example I think about
the work of Martino Gamper. Otherwise artists that reflect on
specific circumstances, that are able to move the people.
- Contemporary art has a tough life in Italy,
a country with such a rich cultural tradition? What would you suggest
in order to make the Italian public closer to the contemporary art
At present day, I strongly believe in the role of
the cultural mediator, a person who can tell a story, the story of
the artist and his work. I think this is a way of grate care for the
public, the artist, the institution (either gallery or museum) that
is configured in order to motivate its artistic choices. Many people
ignore the work of professionals, curators, tagging it as merely
didactic but I am certain of its utility and interest.
- How much do you think local values still
worth in a culturally globalized world? Is it important to be linked
to the International art scene?
Globalization can refer to a reassuring
situation. I can ask for a hamburger or a hot dog everywhere and I
am sure I can be understood, or I can taste, without moving away from
my own town Chinese or Japanese cuisine. In a different but also
exciting situation, being able to taste a gastronomic specialty, you
can find it only in a certain place. i truly think that it is
fundamental to be part of an international circuit, without
forgetting who you are and where you come from!
- International Art Prizes like the
Donkey Art Prize give a lot of visibility to young artist. Once
you've got the attention of the public what is the next step?
Every artist has to be aware of the fact that this is a tough job: it is better to understand the same qualities that are required if you want to be a curator are basically convenient also to an artist: mediation, the capacity together with others, expecting effort, frustration, sacrifice, time. Most of all it is important to take into account an exemplary life, a substantial aspect for this job.
- What are the things you mostly appreciate in
a young artist, let alone the style or technique?
Well, form and substance are coincident, so it
is difficult to disregard style and technique. I like photographers,
their reflections on landscapes, environments, which are never
predictable. I would like bring as an example the work of Petri
Paselli. The capacity of developing the study of the archive and to
elaborate the past of Rossella Biscotti, but also Christian Fogarolli
and Leone Contini. In other words the artist has to surprise,
- There are many brilliant young artist that
find it hard to emerge on the art scene. Could you give them an
advise? How can one become a great artist?
I don't believe emerging is synonymous to being
a grate artist, and I don't believe that being young means being
innovative. The reality is much more complex. It is as if you claimed
that an artist is more valuable just because he/she was chosen by a
greater number of people. He/she might be more popular but it doesn't
mean that he/she is better.
- The curator's job is sometimes synonymous to
dialogue and mediation. Are you professionally more stimulated by
difficult exhibitions, for example artists believed to be cryptic, or
do you think it is more interesting to be a catalytic element for
events that show fresh aspects of an artist?
Exhibitions that are hard to make can be faced
only if someone sustains your idea, first of all, an essential
condition in order to face complex and laborious themes, because it's
necessary to have energy, have fun and have the others' help. There
is no winning formula and I would say that the cryptic side and the
complexity are simply parts of a whole and I would face them
by Laura Nicolae