What is your best work of art


“Interviewed” a publication by Gilles Fontolliet

What can your art do? What drives you Did you steal ideas? - In the book “Interviewt”, the Zurich artist Gilles Fontolliet * confronts around 18 artists with questions about their work and their work. The answers are personal and provide insight: into the role and identity of the respondents, into artistic processes and economic constraints, into the art market, but also into everyday life and the dreams of Swiss artists.

“Maybe I'm (...) a psycho-clown, with whom you don't exactly know whether he's funny and entertaining or whether he's bitterly serious. I like this blurring, ”replies Beni Bischof when asked about his role as an artist in this world. The St. Gallen resident, whose photo montages, collages and sculptures are a topic of conversation, is in good company in “Interviewt”. Next to him are Aldo Mozzini, huber.huber, Julia Geröcs, Maia Gusberti, Maya Bringolf, Mickry 3, Muriel Baumgartner, Nabil Shehadeh, Navid Tschopp, Nino Baumgartner, Raed Ibrahim, Riikka Tauriainen, San Keller, Sandra Kühne, Sebastian Utzni, Uriel Orlow and Yves Netzhammer have their say. And everyone asked the same questions:

What are you working on at the moment? What is your best work of art? Is there a recurring theme in your work? What can your art do? How do you see your role as an artist? What drives you What kind of art do you like Which work would you have liked to have done yourself? When did your first encounter with art take place? What did you want to become when you were a child? What have you become What has influenced you a lot? What is your favorite material? What is your favorite color? How do you find out about the art world? What are the trends in contemporary art? Who would you like to work with? Who do you want to have a coffee with? How are your works created? How do you get ideas? When are you satisfied with a work? When is a work finished? How do you make decisions? Did you steal ideas? In which place do you want to work one day? Where would you like to exhibit one day? Do you want to make a living from art? Do you work with a gallery? What is your relationship to the art market? Do you want to be part of the art market? How do you set the prices for your work?

Puzzles Art: Comments on the conversations and a love letter
Gilles Fontolliet conducted the interviews in 2015 and over a period of ten months. He was particularly interested in those backgrounds and stories that rarely reach the public. In a second step, he invited personalities from the art system to comment on the texts. Fontolliet: "I wanted to know what a gallery owner, an art historian, someone from a funding agency and an ethnologist think about the interviews and what they said."

Barbara Basting (head of the cultural department of the City of Zurich), Damian Christinger (curator and former gallery owner), Kristina Hinrichsen (ethnologist and art historian) and Rahel Beyerle (art historian at the Swiss Institute for Art Research) accepted the invitation and added comments and essays to the book and a kind of love letter. In the latter, curator Christinger also refers to the fears and paralysis that artists are confronted with. The letter ends with: "The fear may be of a different nature, but your existence from this point of view might correspond to a firefighter or a rescue helicopter pilot, simply without the regular income."

The book launch (including bar and performances) will take place on Friday, July 22nd at 7 p.m. in the Réunion at Müllerstrasse 57 in Zurich. Some of the interviewed artists will be present at the vernissage.

* Gilles Fontolliet (1981), was born in Zurich, where he currently lives and works. Many of his works were created together with people and move on the border between participation and observation, between objective distance and active involvement. Gilles Fontolliet studied art education at the HGKZ and completed a master's degree in publishing and mediation at the ZHDK. In addition to his artistic work, he teaches at various institutions.

«Interviewed» by Gilles Fontolliet
Interviews with Aldo Mozzini, Beni Bischof, huber.huber, Julia Geröcs, Maia Gusberti, Maya Bringolf, Mickry 3, Muriel Baumgartner, Nabil Shehadeh, Navid Tschopp, Nino Baumgartner, Raed Ibrahim, Riikka Tauriainen, San Keller, Sandra Kühne, Sebastian Utzni , Uriel Orlow, Yves Netzhammer
With texts by Barbara Basting, Damian Christinger, Kristina Hinrichsen and Rahel Beyerle
Design: Pol Konzeption und Gestaltung GmbH
Hardcover, 200 pages
18 color photographs
21 x 14 cm
CHF 20 / EUR 20
ISBN 978-3-033-05606-0
The publication is available in the bookstore or at shop.fo-publishing.ch.