Subtext & Discourse

Subtext & Discourse

The art world and associated market are famously opaque and can at times be exclusive. Berlin based gallery director and educator Michael Dooney speaks with artists, curators and other professionals who share their personal experiences of this unique field. If you have ever felt unsure about walking into a gallery, wish to understand more about creativity or better understand how this complex industry works, then tune in every second Monday to hear the insightful conversations with these inspiring individuals.

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January 11, 2021 41 min

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...

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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 reno...

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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 pra...

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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...

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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 Environm...

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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 m...

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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 f...

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Dorothee Bienert is the director of Galerie im Körnerpark and Galerie im Saalbau, Berlin Neukölln. Together with Kati Kivinen, director of Museum for Contemporary Art Kiasma Helsinki, Dorothee curated the exhibition Fragile Times. Supported by the Finnland-Institut Deutschland and hosted by the Galerie im Körnerpark, this timely exhibition opened at the beginning of July and will continue until the 18th of October 2020. 

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Renowned for inspiring and intelligent delivery of uniquely crafted festivals and arts events, Fiona Sweet is an influential and highly sought after speaker, industry judge in Australia and internationally including at Les Rencontres De La Photographie, France; Fotofestiwal, Poland; and Triennial of Photography Hamburg, Germany.

Prior to her appointment at Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Sweet was the founding Director of Sw...

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Catherine Evans is a Berlin-based Australian artist who works across photography, sculpture and installation. Her work focuses on geologic time and where this intersects with our own human timescales: as found in our bodies, their materiality and our lived-histories through colonialism and archaeology. Initially trained in science, and then photography, her work is characterised by a material intimacy that subverts the utility of e...

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April Gertler is an American artist who has been living and working in Berlin since 2005. She studied at University California, Berkeley (BA, Social Science Interdisciplinary Studies - Hons), California College of the Arts (BFA - Photography) and Bard College (MFA - Photography). April did an exchange semester at the Städelschule in Frankfurt/Main, which is what initially brought her to Germany. After finishing her MFA, she returne...

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Piotr Pietrus is a Polish born artist and social activist photographer. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany in 2008, and went on to do a masterclass with Arno Fischer at the Ostkreuzschule in Berlin, where he now lives and works. Possessing a strong contemporary documentary practice, his work investigates the sites where the poetic and political intersect in the wake of a growing resistance towards social ...

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Georgina Pope is a Berlin based curator who started her career working at commercial galleries and project spaces in Sydney, Australia. She is currently a curator for Independent Collectors, a digital platform for art collectors and the largest non-commercial archive of private collections worldwide. Georgie also works as art mediator at The Bunker Berlin, a heritage listed World War II air-raid shelter and home to Karen and Christ...

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David Charles Collins (b. 1988, Perth, Australia) is an artist examining perceptions of identity and masculinity through the mediums of photography, performance and video. Based in Sydney since 2016, David graduated with an MFA from Sydney College of the Arts in 2017 under the supervision of Australian contemporary artist Julie Rrap.

David’s work has been displayed in several exhibitions including solo shows at Perth Centre for Ph...

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Peggy Sue Amison is the Artistic Director for East Wing - a platform for photography founded in Doha, Qatar. As a curator, writer, strategist, mentor and photographic consultant, Peggy Sue has collaborated with numerous emerging and established photographers, festivals and publications internationally.

Prior to working with East Wing, Peggy Sue was Artistic Director of Sirius Arts Centre in Ireland (2001 – 2014) where she headed a...

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Joséphine Demerliac (b.1992 Paris) is a Berlin based film director. Her first experience as a writer and producer was at 17 years old, staging a one time musical in Burgundy, France. After an Erasmus at the Freie Universität Berlin, she completed her Master in Economics at Sorbonne University, Paris. Since graduating, Joséphine has been living and working in Berlin where she regularly collaborates with other international artists.

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Laura Hirvi is the director of the Finnland-Institut in Deutschland (Germany), a forum for Finnish culture & arts, academia, and business in the German-speaking region. In this episode we learn about about her German-Finnish background and growing up with two cultural identities, her time spent in the USA and Asia, and how these experiences led her to become director of the Finnland-Institut in Deutschland.

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In today's episode I catch up with Berlin based artist and photographer Alexander Gehring. We met at his shared colour darkroom in Prenzlauer Berg where he prints his personal photographic projects. Working as a professional photographer Alexander has shot for a number of major publications throughout Germany, including but not limited to:

Die Zeit, Zeit Magazin, Zeit Campus, Zeit Wissen, SZ Magazin, Capital, TAZ, Weltkunst, b...

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Still hard to comprehend how much the world has changed since this interview was recorded only four weeks ago, when I met up with Berlin based curator and author Lena Fliessbach to learn about her journey as an independent curator. As the pandemic was still yet to hit, there is of course no mention of it during our conversation. However her latest exhibition ZERO WASTE, which was due to open at the Museum of Visual Arts in Leipzig ...

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Hope that everyone is taking care in light of current events and the uncertain outcome of the corona virus. In today's episode of Subtext & Discourse I caught up with Berlin based photo media artist Boris Eldagsen. I've known Boris for many years now and in fact interviewed him back in 2014 when we presented his series Safety by Numbers in a group show about typologies.

Picking up where the previous conversation left o...

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