Art Roulette #9 Yana Foqué
Art Roulette is a recurring item in our bi-weekly newsletter in which we invite one of our Amsterdam Art participants to answer a rapid-fire Q&A. After their round of five questions, we ask them to pass the baton to the next guest. This week’s guest is Yana Foqué, director Kunstverein.
When was the last time something amazed you?
The fantastic thing about art is that you learn to look at the world around you in a different way. Sometimes I can be very surprised by the light in the streets because of the focus brought about by the light & space movement, enjoy a dinner more because it feels like a Tarkovsky scene, appreciate the mess in the house because it could actually be a beautiful 16th century quiet life. The other day, I was really overwhelmed by the infrastructure of the vaccination sites, it felt very post-internet. You just look at life through different glasses. What amazes me is not so much what I see when I stand in an exhibition, but what happens when you leave the room.
Which young or starting artist do you think we should keep an eye on?
Ghita Skali! The work of photographer Sine van Menxel: tender and also humorous! Who else? Robertas Narkus!
What is your favourite work of art?
Oooooh, there are so many. Why pick one, if you can see them all!
Which artwork in Amsterdam’s public space is a must see?
I am, of course, stating the obvious, but what I think is a must-see for Amsterdam’s public space is: more space for works of art made by women.
But until then, a tour of the city should not be missed: the nine word and letter bridges by artist couple Guy Rombouts and Monica Droste on Java Eiland (the figures in the bridge railings each form a word in ‘Azart’, the couple’s own alphabet), a dip into the metro at Central Station to take a look at the breathtaking work of Jennifer Tee, stopping a little further down the Silodam to see if Karel Martens’ beautiful work is still floating on the water, sitting on a bench by ‘the apple’ on the Spui where the Provos always met, cycling along and waving to the work of Keith Haring in the former storage space of the Stedelijk Museum. Climbing an igloo by Aldo van Eyck and ending in the grass at The Miracle Garden by Elspeth Diederix.
Now the world has open up again, which exhibition or artwork should we visit?
I just visited The Endless Frontier, the 14th edition of the Baltic Triennial, and wrote a piece for Frieze about my experiences. It is an absolute show stopper with a wealth of both young and older artists from eastern Europe. I’m definitely also going to see what Roos Gortzak is doing in De Vleeshal: never disappoints! At the moment they are showing a wonderful exhibition which brings Dorothy Iannone in conversation with
Juliette Blightman. The exhibition trust&confusion curated by Raimundas Malašauskas in Hong Kong is on my list. Closer to home, in Amsterdam… Meriem Bennani at EYE!