When nature is the museum

I have been living in Cape Town, South Africa, for almost a year now. Compared to European capitals which I was used to, the city does not have a big museum offer. It has some great museums, District 6 or Zeitz Mocaa being among them, but it is quite light (quantity-wise). Moreover, the museums are never very busy – except for tourists. It is a shame. Even though it is light in terms of quantity, the museum offer is of good quality, content and design wise. So I have wondered. Why do so few locals go to museums? It is…

Design or Curation?

This is an eternal question that I struggle to answer. When you make an exhibition, the answer seems theoretically obvious: both. It is as much curation as it is design. It is what you display as much as how you display it. However, when you look at who makes exhibitions and how the industry is organized, there are curators on one side and designers on the other. They might collaborate – even though it is not always the case – but are distinct. The question then stays: in practice, is there a choice to make between design and curation? This…

The exhibitions that have mattered (part 2)

After my first post about the exhibitions that have mattered, I remembered several others that had an impact on my career or influenced my way of thinking. I thought they deserved a post too. I am starting this second post with the exhibition Mondrian / De Stijl at the Centre Pompidou in Paris which opened at the end of 2010 at the Centre Pompidou. I remember the space being very busy but being captivated by the work on display. I had an interest in Mondrian’s work before going to this exhibition and it completed my adoration for the artist. The…

Lady’s Back [Project. moment 0]

Recently, I have been thinking about starting a new personal project. Working as a project manager in an exhibition-design company is fulfilling in a lot of ways but I still feel the need to be creative in my own personal way. I miss experiencing the creative process. Plus, I need a platform to express my thoughts, feelings and impressions. As a starting point, I went back to the videos I made for my master project while studying at London College of Fashion at the end of 2016. One in particular: Lady. I felt that, somehow, I was not done with…

South African National Gallery @ Iziko Museum, Cape Town.

Happy New Year Year everyone! Starting this new year with a post about a museum. I’ve been in Cape Town for three months but realised haven’t been writing much about the local museum offer. I visited the South African National Gallery at the end of last year, and really liked it. Thought it was worth sharing. The South African National Gallery is in the Company Gardens in the heart of Cape Town. In contrary to a lot of museums I have been to, there is no permanent gallery. The building is divided into six spaces, each being an autonomous temporary exhibition….

2017: review

This is it. It’s the end of the year. Always a good time for a review to move with confidence in the new year. The highs, the lows, the choices we made, their consequences, … it’s all about moving forward. So, what about my 2017 journey? Well, it has been a particular year for me, with lots of uncertainty and decision making. It started with graduating from London College of Fashion. In January 2017, my studies were over. I was on the job market. Back then, I wanted to create my own job, founding my own company. I thus started…

INTERVIEW. Imogen Clarke about Streets Fans @ The Fan Museum, London

Street Fans is currently on at The Fan Museum in Greenwich, London. For this exhibition, the museum asked several street artists to create fans with the help of the fan maker Sylvain le Guen. The result is the showcase of a fantastic multiplicity of designs, a new eye onto contemporary fan making and the opportunity for engagement with the local community. Street Fans is an incredible project lead by one of the most incredible place I had the chance to work in. Imogen Clarke, curatorial assistant at the museum, tells us more about it: This exchange happened via emails.  – Is it is…