Interviews

with artists and curators

How does an exhibition arise? What kinds of ideas and thoughts go into creating it? How does the dialog between exhibition organizer and artist develop? How do artists themselves talk about their work?

Our interviews offer a glimpse behind the scenes. We talk to the curators responsible for working out the concept of an exhibition, who reveal interesting details and background information; and to the artists, who offer personal insights into their work. Hatje Cantz makes art accessible.

Latif Al Ani 

2017-06-20

Interview with Latif Al Ani

Interview with Latif Al Ani

Latif Al Ani was one of the first photographers in Iraq. He had an active career for more than twenty years, starting in the early 1950s. Al Ani presented the vivid Iraqi culture in its abundance and complexity: besides documenting the westernized everyday life, the political culture and industry, he also captured images of Iraq from the air for the Iraq Petroleum Company.
This interview took place in Baghdad, where he still lives, over several conversations in January and February 2015. More »

Kemang Wa Lehulere 

2017-05-26

Interview with Kemang Wa Lehulere

Interview with Kemang Wa Lehulere

“In his wall drawings, collages, and complex performances, he revisits his own history and the pain of his society by creating poignant images that are never literal or explanatory, but are instead a territory to be traversed, understood, and revealed,” writes
Victoria Noorthoorn, the directors of the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, describing Kemang Wa Lehulere’s art.

In spring of 2017, Kemang Wa Lehulere presented his first institutional solo exhibition in Germany at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in Berlin. Together with the curator Britta Färber  Kemang Wa Lehulere talks about his source of inspiration. More »

Nancy Borowick 

2017-02-08

Interview with Nancy Borowick

Interview with Nancy Borowick

When Photojournalist Nancy Borowick’s parents—Howie and Laurel—were diagnosed with stage IV cancer and simultaneously underwent treatment, she did the only thing she knew how—she documented it. By turning the camera on her family’s life during this most intimate time, Borowick learned a great deal about herself, family, and relationships in general.

We talked to her about her book and project The Family Imprint. More »

Gerhard Richter 

2016-09-28

Interview with Gerhard Richter

Interview with Gerhard Richter

"Art is never just content but always form." For the first time, Gerhard Richter gives a detailed insight into the origins of his famous 1260 Farbfelder (1260 color fields).

He left the color composition to coincidence - as a provocation against the color cult of a Josef Albers or Max Bill.

Equality as effect? Read more in our interview by Stefan Koldehoff.

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Jochen Raiß 

2016-07-28

Interview with Jochen Raiß

Interview with Jochen Raiß

In the current issue of the German art magazine »art. Das Kunstmagazin«, the book »Women in Trees« was presented as »the most charming photobook of the summer«. Jochen Raiß is the man behind this considerable project, that brings together 52 old black and white amateur photos of women sitting in trees.

We met this charming fellow from Hamburg in our Berlin office and had a chat while sitting together with a cup of coffee and a piece of strawberry cake. More »

Stefan Hanke 

2016-04-19

Interview with Stefan Hanke

Interview with Stefan Hanke

A »portraitist of the soul«, the Regensburg-based photographer Stefan Hanke was called by one of the contemporary witnesses. More than ten years he spent visiting concentration camp survivors in seven different countries to portray them for his photo project »KZ überlebt« (Concentration camp survivors).


The encounters were more than mere photo sessions. Our interview gives very personal insights into his work. More »

Kristin Feireiss 

2016-04-01

Kristin Feireiss ENG

Interview with Kristin Feireiss

Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss is a member of the jury for the renowned Pritzker Architecture Prize, which was awarded to Alejandro Aravena on April 4, 2016, at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York City. Publisher Dr. Cristina Steingräber spoke with Dr. Feireiss about the jury’s unanimous decision to honor the forty-eight-year-old Chilean, who is also this year’s director of the Venice Architecture Biennial. More »

Nora Gomringer  

2016-02-17

Interview with Nora Gomringer

Interview with Nora Gomringer

Finding a shared harmony, the poet Nora Gomringer and photographic artist Andreas Herzau have collaborated with the Bamberg Symphony to create a fascinating anniversary publication. The result: over 150 packed pages giving visual form to sound.

We talked to Nora Gomringer about the project. More »

Dr. Thomas Girst 

2015-10-20

The Sense of Movement: When Artists Travel

Interview with Dr. Thomas Girst

Our publisher, Dr. Cristina Steingräber, met with Dr. Thomas Girst, the head of BMW Group Cultural Engagement, to talk about the special program. More »

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