Checking In

“Checking In…” is an interview series with creatives of different disciplines from all over the world sharing their work, individual stories, and creative journeys.

SEO Artist Gretchen Andrew: “I want Love, Money and Belonging”

Gretchen Andrew visualizes her desires as an artist through pieces she calls “vision boards.” She then turns her objectives into an internet reality, tricking Google’s search engine algorithms into showing her vision boards on top of the image search results for keywords such as “Cover of Artforum,” “Turner Price,” or “Best MFA.” By making the Law of Attraction part of her art practice, Gretchen’s work turns into a self-fulfilling prophecy in the real world, as renowned publications and galleries feature her work.

Artist Yuge Zhou 周雨歌 on People and Places, Commonality and Compassion, East and West

The Beijing-born, Chicago based artist Yuge Zhou creates video installations that examine the relationships between people and places in urban and natural environments. In our interview, Yuge shares how her experiences as an immigrant influenced her art.

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KOSMOS Architects: Questioning Conventional Laws of Beauty

Artem Kitaev, co-founder of Russian studio KOSMOS Architects on keeping up with fast-paced architectural trends, and the potential of temporary architecture for more sustainable cities.

Yinka Ilori, Artist-Designer, London: “The Pandemic Is a Call to Action for the Design Industry”

A conversation with Yinka Ilori about the role of design in society, family values, and the special gift he inherited from his mother and grandmother.

Parisian Painter Natacha Paschal: Fashion, Fantasy, and Feminism

Natacha Paschal on lockdown-life in Paris, celebrating sisterhood, her love for children’s drawings, and parodying luxury fashion advertising.

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Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra, Artists, New Delhi: “We’re facing a Humanitarian Crisis”

The multidisciplinary artist duo Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra from New Delhi share their concerns about a humanitarian crisis unfolding in India and shine a light on the situation of the most vulnerable.