Gerda Scheepers, Artist friend, 2014, Courtesy of the artist and Blank Projects

Blank, Cape Town

Interview with Jonathan Garnham, founder of the gallery Blank in Cape Town

After living in Berlin for ten years, Jonathan Garnham returned to Cape Town in 2005, where he opened an art space that turned into Blank in 2012. In this interview the trained artist speaks about the small but vital art scene of Cape Town, and how it developed from the time under the Apartheid in South Africa to now.

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Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City

Interview with Stefan Benchoam, co-founder of the gallery Proyectos Ultravioleta in Guatemala City

Instead of complaining about the lack of contemporary art exhibitions in Guatemala, the founders of Proyectos Ultravioleta decided to take the initiative themselves and found a space which functions as a “Kunsthalle” within the country and as a commercial gallery outside.

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Cavalo, Rio de Janeiro

Interview with Felipe Pena, co-founder of the gallery Cavalo in Rio de Janeiro

Awarded at Artissima 2016 for its work of research and scouting of emergent talents, Cavalo is a new contemporary art gallery from Brazil, opened in January 2016 by Ana Elisa Cohen and Felipe Pena.

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Benjamin Hirte. Teams, 2016, Installation view, Photo credit Malle Madsen, Courtesy the artist and Christian Andersen

Christian Andersen, Copenhagen

Interview with Christian Andersen, founder of the gallery Christian Andersen in Copenhagen

6 years ago Christian Andersen opened his own gallery after working in another gallery, and before that he was been a photography curator. Today with his program he is thinking about new models for running a gallery. But above all in his engagement with the young art scene Christian Andersen carves out a niche for the artists he works with to place them in an international context.

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Sigrid Viir, Jimmy Limit "Import Export", 2016, Exhibition view, Courtesy Temnikova & Kasela

Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn

Interview with Olga Temnikova, Co-founder of the gallery Temnikova & Kasela in Tallinn

Private art galleries are relatively rare in Estonia. But there is no rule without exeption: Since 2012 Temnikova & Kasela in Tallinn represent artists in a classical way by helping with their communications and artwork production. The artists come from the region as well as from abroad, with a special focus on those, whose process is enriching for the local scene.

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Dominik Lang, Bone Collectors, 2015, Exhibition view, Photo credit Ondrej Polak, Courtesy Hunt Kastner

Hunt Kastner, Prague

Interview with Camille Hunt and Kacha Kastner, founder of the gallery Hunt Kastner in Prague

Prague is not the place that pops up in your mind at first if you think of contemporary art. Out of this need an American and a Canadian opened Hunt Kastner in 2005. Kacha Kaster came to Prague in 1991, she has family here. Camille Hunt is Canadian, who came originally to teach English, and was only planning to stay for a year maximum.

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Jotge Peris, Los Pies de Judas, 2013, Installation view, Genoa, Photo credit Francesco Cardarelli, Courtesy Pinksummer

Pinksummer, Genoa

Interview with Antonella Berruti, founder of the gallery Pinksummer in Genoa

Pinksummer. A name which evocates optimism, warmth, a long season of sunsets on the sea. Did Antonella Berruti and Francesca Pennone have this image in mind when they started their contemporary art gallery in Genoa? No, they received the inspiration via email from Japan.

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Derek Sullivan, Choices, choices, choices, 2016, Photo credit Aurélien Mole, Courtesy Emmanuel Hervé

Galerie Emmanuel Hervé, Paris

Interview with Emmanuel Hervé, founder of Galerie Emmanuel Hervé in Paris

Emmanuel Hervé liked the idea of being at an art fair with a booth that’s bigger than his gallery. In 2011 he opened his very small space in Belleville, where he pays attention to international artist barely visible in France. But at the end, everything seems to be a question of “Coup de cœur“.

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Nina Canell, O Little Drops, 2016, Installation view, Courtesy the artist and Mother’s Tankstation Limited

Mother’s Tankstation Limited, Dublin

Interview with Finola Jones, founder of the gallery Mother's Tankstation Limited in Dublin

In 2006 when Finola Jones founded her gallery, Dublin seemed like a blank spot on the map of contemporary art. Since then Mother’s Tankstation Limited has brought artists like Mairead O’hEocha, Nina Canell, Uri Aran, and Noel McKenna to international recognition by showing them at art fairs and off site shows. But everything begins with an old Guinness building in Dublin and a manifesto.

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Olivier Millagou, One Way Wahine, 2016, Exhibition view, Courtesy Galerie Sultana

Galerie Sultana, Paris

Interview with Guillaume Sultana, founder of Galerie Sultana in Paris

The gallery as a laboratory for projects where artists work on their ideas, that’s how Guillaume Sultana describes the role of a gallery today. Rooted in the history of Paris as one of the most traditional places for art, Guillaume Sultana sees Belleville as the ideal place for his gallery to build a network and to strengthen the artist’s visibility through that synergy.

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