Leigh Ledare

This interview with photographer Leigh Ledare appeared in Metropolis M: Agnieszka Gratza: Whereas your mother is obviously a looming presence in your work, your father hardly features in it at all. I was struck by one quote, actually a dedication from Something Might Have Been Better Than Nothing [an exhibition with Per Billgren in Berlin, 2011 – ed.]: ‘For our fathers, mild men.’ Could you comment on that? Leigh Ledare: ‘There’s a lot in the work that’s activated through absence, so in a sense that was an allusion to that. There are maybe two mentions of him in Pretend You’re … Continue reading Leigh Ledare

Frieze or Faculty?

This piece, written for Guardian professional, appeared on guardian.com: Photograph: Johnny Green/PA   Six weeks ago, an unusual request landed in my inbox. A Swiss-French filmmaker I’d not heard of before, Benoît Rossel, emailed me out of the blue to say he was looking for a London-based character-cum-situation hunter to assist him with a documentary film about artists. Someone close to the wheels of power in the art world, who, like me, had participated in Tino Sehgal’s These Associations at Tate Modern last year, had recommended me for the job. Since leaving a full-time, secure position as a university lecturer … Continue reading Frieze or Faculty?

Locarno Film Festival

This report from the 66th Locarno Film Festival was posted on the frieze d/e blog: Piazza Grande, Locarno (all images courtesy: Festival del film Locarno © 2013. All rights reserved.)   Tornado warnings added a certain frisson to proceedings on the opening night of the 66th Locarno Film Festival, held in the Swiss lakeside city’s sumptuous Piazza Grande. Lightning punctuated the speeches and gave way to rough winds during the open-air screening of Baltasar Kormákur’s 2 Guns (2013), but it was the rain that eventually had us all running for shelter. Every August, the city’s main square is fitted with … Continue reading Locarno Film Festival

Lisbon Architecture Triennale

This interview with Beatrice Galilee appeared, and did not appear, in Flash Art: AGNIESZKA GRATZA: Can you comment on the chosen theme or title – “Close, Closer”– for the third edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale? Beatrice Galilee: The title is designed to convey an idea of intimacy but also of momentum, the sense that we’re moving towards something but that we’re not quite there yet. AG: And what might that something be? BG: An understanding of architecture as something much larger and more expansive. It’s a widening out of what architectural practice tends to be understood as. AG: What … Continue reading Lisbon Architecture Triennale