Monster, History, Fiction
Interview with Anselm Franke, Curator of the Taipei Biennial 2012
Interview made on the 22nd July, 2012, in Taipei
by Sylvie Lin
In contemporary art, photographical elements are often integrated into installation works or being used as a means of archiving. VOP interviewed Anselm Franke, curator of the Taipei Biennial 2012 (to be held in September) to talk about the topic of the biennial, ‘Modern Monsters / Death and Life of Fiction’ and specific photographic works that will be shown in the exhibition.
‘…art has freedom while politics has power. Vice-versa artists wield little power while politicians enjoy scant freedom.’ —-Robert Kluijver(1)
Having lived in Afghanistan for a long period of time and engaged in local political and cultural activities, in 2007 he brought two exploded car wrecks from Baghdad to Europe. One of the vehicles was then donated to the British artist Jeremy Deller for his project ‘It Is What It Is: Conversations about Iraq’ which traveled across the U.S. That wreck is now in the Imperial War Museum of London.
In the four parts of the interview, Kluijver discussed the origin and the itinerary of the wrecks from Baghdad to Europe as well as his views on politics and art. (Photo of RobertK in Baghdad, 2010 by Hatif Farhan. Courtesy : RobertK) (more…)
‘First we should ask : Why art ? Does art have any political value ? Does the contemporary art world has any influence on, let’s say, the course of global politics ? Or is it just like a kind of side alley, a kind of representation of contemporary geopolitics, without any reverse influence on the actual global situation?’ – RobertK, extract from the interview
“I would talk to my boss, head of the UN in Afghanistan, saying that we’re going the wrong way. But he said it’s me who was wrong because I’m Western and I only related to the Westernised Afghans that I like, but they’re only a small minority and that most Afghans are these conservative people. But historically the group that represents the future and that can pull the whole nation forward is always a small minority. So I thought this cultural elite should do a better job at representing themselves.” —- Robert Kluijver, extract from the interview
‘I think that art has some kind of seismographic function. A seismograph can register movements happening deep down in the Earth that may erupt. Artists have the same kind of sensibility : even if they themselves are not aware of it, they somehow express such undercurrents inside the so-called collective unconsciousness.’ –– RobertK, extract from the interview
(Interview made in July 2006, Paris. Michaud is Director of the department of film of Centre Pompidou & Curator of The Movement of Images Exhibition)
by Sylvie Lin, August 2006 in Paris
“Now I take over the Palais de Tokyo. My idea is to continue the development. But what I want to try now is also more to build a story that will last in the next three years and to bring a scenario. When the visitor comes for the first time, he has such an idea of what’s going on. Then he’s coming back and see, now I understand the previous exhibitions in that way, and they can even think about what to come next. It is always like writing chapters; you bring the first, second, third and why you lead the exhibitions, you think about the whole link or the whole story in which you are included. ” —-Marc-Olivier Wahler (extract from the interview) (more…)