Gloria Yu's recent interview with Nathaly Charria for Hong Kong's The Hula.
Words by Gloria Yu
A few years ago at Art Basel, a debate was hosted with the motion “The art world is a boys’ club.” The audience decided against it, but many are still left in the room thinking: “but is it?” We want to take the chance to celebrate women who have carved out space for themselves in this elusive yet exciting industry. THESE ARE WOMEN IN ART.
GY: Who are some of your favorite artists?
NC: My favorite artists are the risk-takers that forge their own path and are dedicated wholeheartedly to their practice — the artists who help one another and simultaneously have something to say, who wish to leave the world a better place then they found it. As for names, I’m currently representing Parker Day, a contemporary female photographer from Los Angeles who shoots portraits on 35mm film. Her work reminds me of some of my favorite established artists like Cindy Sherman, Diane Arbus, and Maurizio Cattelan.
GY: What is one of the best art experience you’ve had?
NC: I recently had the chance to work with Simon Birch bringing his creative vision to life at The 14th Factory in Los Angeles. The 14th Factory was a 3-acre group exhibition which expanded the way audiences experience art. I also recently did a studio visit with NYC-based painter Theresa Chromati whose work both excites and inspires me. Focusing on the black female form, Chromati paints lurid colors that are accentuated by movement and animated gestures.
GY: What do you like most about your job?
NC: It’s really more like what do I love most because it’s an act of love. Working with artists on telling their story through my curatorial practice is a dream come true. As a creative director and art producer, bringing visionary ideas to life gives me a sense of purpose. I love working with brands like Polaroid Originals on artists collaborations that use marketing as a platform for creative expression.
GY: Favorite city for an art lover?
NC: That’s a tough one! I think that every major city has a little something for everyone and the fun part is exploring to find it. The best way is by visiting the museums of what you’re into. I’m generally drawn to contemporary art museums and underground artist spaces, but sometimes I’m drawn in the opposite direction and so I find it’s important to keep an open mind. The art of a city is a reflection of its culture and its people. I recently visited Amman, Jordan and found myself enamored with its rich history and artifacts.
GY: If you have to be an artwork, you would be…..
NC: I’m like the Sagrada Familia by Gaudi…always a work in progress and never quite finished but clearly a masterpiece