I started thinking about how to use my privilege to support and empower minorities. Part of my answer is to start offering free art coaching to strengthen such individuals. This can be portfolio reviews, in-depth work discussions or a general coaching about art world dynamics (networking, pricing, finding representation, creating an archive, etc): it depends on your needs.
WHAT: This is about supporting underrepresented artists. To help you establish the strongest voice you could possible have. If you consider yourself to be in a structurally disadvantaged situation, this might be for you. I can offer a wide set of strategies and tools to contextualize and deepen your work.
WHERE: The coaching can happen in person (in my Vienna studio) or online (Skype, Zoom, etc), and will adhere to safe space principles. Possible languages are German or English. I will set aside two 45min slots per week. This is meant to work internationally.
ABOUT ME: I’ve been self-employed as an artist for five years and am represented by two galleries. I studied Fine Arts at Vienna’s Academy of Fine Arts, did my PhD there, curated over 30 shows, co-managed an artist-run space for four years, helped set up a start-up gallery, wrote extensively about emerging painters and currently teach contemporary art history.
If you think this can benefit you: reach out. If you know someone else this might help: tell them. (original link)
Update: I did over twenty individual and group coachings with artists and curators from Canada, India, the Dominican Republic, Switzerland, Russia, USA, Austria and beyond.
This initiative eventually resulted in me conceptualizing a low-budget 6-week course on art world dynamics ($100 for the entire course, called “Living the Art Life“). Here’s a video of me advertising that course.