Curated by Paul Smith & Friends // meet Valeria Mariani
16 oct 2014 by Nur El Shami
In celebration of Frieze Art Fair 2014, art:i:curate teams with Paul Smith to host an innovative exhibition of work by emerging London-based artists that combines Mayfair’s deep-rooted art heritage with the digital world’s trail-blazing creative community.
Open to all, by registering at articurate.net, everyone has the opportunity to express their creativity in front of an audience of both art fans and the industry’s elite.
Valeria Mariani loves discovering new artists while talking accents.
Profession: Head of Projects at the Crossway Foundation
Secret profession or as a kid I wanted to be: A journalist, like my dad.
AIC: How would you describe your own personal aesthetic?
VM: Minimal paired with random bits and pieces I've picked up on my travels.
AIC: How would your friends describe your personality?
VM: As giggly as I am serious.
AIC: What inspires you?
VM: Being out of my comfort zone.
AIC: Who's your hero?
VM: Hans Ulrich Obrist.
AIC: Do you consider yourself a collector? If so, what do you collect?
VM: Yes, all sorts of things, but mainly books and postcards.
AIC: What's your most precious possession?
VM: My imagination.
AIC: What does the term 'curating' mean to you?
VM: Telling a story.
AIC: Why did you get involved in this project?
VM: Because I think it's a fantastic way of discovering new artists.
AIC: How do you usually take art in?
VM: By reading, going to exhibitions and spending time with artists.
AIC: Describe Sir Paul Smith in three words.
VM: Colourful good vibes.
AIC: Tell me something about yourself - anything.
VM: I love speaking English in foreign accents - French is a particular favourite.