Dialogues for a New Millennium

Interview with Gamaliel Rodríguez

Interview with Gamaliel Rodríguez

“I often see progress as retrogression.”
Puerto Rican artist Gamaliel Rodríguez (1977, Bayamon) has from the very beginning achieved a particularly recognizable style. His eerie and intriguing work deals with concepts like memory, history and vigilance and is rather “un-Caribbean” in style.

BY PACO BARRAGÁN
Paco Barragán - Puerto Rico is a small island with [...]



Interview with Ronald Ophuis

Interview with Ronald Ophuis

“With the introduction of violence and sexuality the identification with the victim or the perpetrator is stronger and more intense.”
Dutch artist Ronald Ophuis (born in 1968, Hengelo) has, since the late 1990s when I first saw his work in Amsterdam, built up a consistent pictorial oeuvre in which history, memory and narrativity emerge [...]



Interview with Nat Muller

Interview with Nat Muller

“I am extremely weary of the instrumentalization of the arts for social or political change, as it usually produces mediocre art.”
Dutch Nat Muller is a curator based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. With a background in literature, she ended up, via a detour, specializing in contemporary art and media in the Middle East. Some [...]



Interview with Pamela Z

Interview with Pamela Z

“I’ve become a very hyphenated artist”
Based in San Francisco, American composer, performer and new media artist Pamela Z has built a solid artistic career in which she punctuates voice experiments with live electronic processing, sampling and video. We spoke with Pamela Z about her origins, the interdisciplinary approach in her compositions, and the [...]



Interview with Marc Bijl

Interview with Marc Bijl

“We live in a new era where images are directly thrown in your face.”
Dutch artist Marc Bijl (1970, Leerdam) is currently presenting a big mid-career retrospective at the Groninger Museum in The Netherlands consisting of a selection of his iconic paintings, sculptures and interventions. Elements such as Modernism, graffiti and nationalism get a [...]



Interview with Han Nefkens

Interview with Han Nefkens

“I would not advocate a system where private individuals dictate what should be shown and what not in a public museum.“
Dutchman Han Nefkens (Rotterdam, 1954) is a passionate collector based in Barcelona whose major joy is sharing what he has with others. Instead of the traditional idea of owning works, most of his [...]



Voina: A Russian Revolution

Voina: A Russian Revolution

“Our concept is to screw the authorities till they fall. Voina screws them in an artistic position.“
Voina Group-”voina” means “war” in Russian-is a Russian multi-disciplinary artists’ collective whose actions and performances hover between art, activism and politics. The Russian state has filed several criminal charges against some of its members and has even [...]



Interview with Santiago Sierra

Interview with Santiago Sierra

“We as artists have to find the way how to confront the state and capitalism.”
Santiago Sierra is Spain’s most well-known international artist. To some, his work is polemic; to others, it is pertinent, but it does not leave anyone indifferent. It reflects on the contradictions and paradoxes of the capitalist system, of which [...]



Interview with Barry Schwabsky

Interview with Barry Schwabsky

“The fact remains that there have been no deep innovations in art for forty years.“

Based in London, American art critic Barry Schwabsky is chief art critic of The Nation and co-editor of international reviews for Artforum. A prolific and respected writer, Schwabsky has made notable contributions to Vitamine P, Saatchi’s Triumph of Painting and The [...]



Interview with Francesca von Habsburg

Interview with Francesca von Habsburg

“Passages. Travels in Hyperspace,” an exhibition drawn from the collection of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (T-B A21), is showing at LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial in Gijón, Spain, until February, 2011. We spoke to Francesca von Habsburg, founder and chairman of T-B A21, about collecting, producing, and exhibiting contemporary art.

By Paco Barragán
Paco Barragán- As [...]