5 Minutes With Writer, Editor & Curator Francesca Gavin

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Francesca Gavin is a writer, editor and curator based between London and Berlin. She is the author of five books and has contributed to publications from The FT to Dazed. She was the co-curator of the historical exhibition at the last Manifesta biennial, the former curator of the Soho House group and has curated exhibitions internationally including at the Palais for Tokyo, MU and Site Sheffield.

If you could have dinner with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be?

Lucien Freud when he was in his 30s.

How did you become (OR) what motivated you to become a curator?

I’ve been collecting art postcards since I was 9, fell into journalism after an art history degree and curation was a natural next step. I simply love placing things together.

What 3 words best describe your curatorial style?

Journalistic, accessible and fun.

What is the most memorable exhibition you have ever seen, and why?

Documenta10 curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev – it was incredible and pushed my idea of what exhibitions could be.

“A good artist has less time than ideas” Martin Kippenberger.  Do you agree?

Hell yes! Life is short!


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