We had the good fortune of connecting with Selena Cerami and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Selena, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My business has grown organically over the years. My initial goal was to create an art platform that promoted international emerging artists while cultivating and encouraging dialogues with the audience in an unstrained environment. My focus has always been to raise awareness on various societal issues, tackling and questioning system based on racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia and countless others through the power of art.
In 2011 when I started collaborating with art organisations I witnessed an underrepresentation of female artists, black/Asian, queer so I have decided to start my own project including artists with no classification. What comes easy for me is to connect with artists, collectors and people in general. And this is also what makes me satisfied and proud of my job, being able to talk to people about art and supporting artists in their careers.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Eve Leibe is a pop-up -bricks and clicks- kind of business. The concept of a nomadic gallery gives us the flexibility to collaborate with different spaces, going from London to Florence and Los Angeles without bounds. Moving from a permanent space allow us to collaborate and to be part of a new art community every time. Currently, we are showing the works by Cristina O’Hanlon, Lena Grewenig, Lukas Luzius Leichtle, Marianne Vlaschits and Marta Pierobon in collaboration with 13 Project in Soho London. In May we will be showing Manon Steyaert, Amelia Briggs and Mona Broschar in Florence in collaboration with the art residency Numeroventi in Florence. Eve Leibe Gallery during the pandemic had also the opportunity to embrace technology, we designed an incredible virtual gallery space in collaboration with the LA-based Studio Tarn @studiotarn. Currently, we are showing in our digital space the exhibition titled CAVE CANEM (seen by the dog) curated by the newly LA-based @eveleibegallery Lauren Powell. You can’t miss it! 49 artists/dog in an exhibition that celebrates the unique bond that humans have long shared with these animals. In this past year of Covid, our relationships with dogs have, for many, surpassed our relationships with humans as we stay socially distanced and isolated. These companion relationships fill our existential void brought on by the increasingly urbanized and globalized western society.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Let’s imagine all the restrictions are lifted! I would definitely travel to Los Olivos in Santa Ynez Valley to sip a good Pinot Noir.
I would like to suggest you follow @laurenpowellart Lauren Powell, she has an interesting art programme coming up in June, her first show will be in Chinatown at the NO Gallery in LA.
Stay tuned we are also going to start our LA art programme soon with the solo by Giorgio Celin
If you have the chance to travel to London, my favourite weekend spots are morning local food markets: Broadway Market, Sloane Square, walks by the Regent’s canal or canal cruise in Hackney Wick.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The artists are a great source of inspiration for me, just to name a few: Artemisia Gentileschi, Elisabeth Vigéè Le Brun, Charlotte Salomon, Frida Kahlo, Louise Bourgeois, Georgia O’Keefe… OPS have I listed only female artists? My first love was actually Paul Gauguin. I also love the works by Caravaggio, Matisse, Edward Hopper, David Hockney and Henri Rousseau. An infinite amount of inspiring contemporary artists, Nicole Eisenmann, Emily Ludwig Shafferssy, Issy Wood, Arghavan Khosravi, Marisa Adesman, Samantha Rosenwald, Mona Broschar, Bambou Gili. Female gallerists and collectors also have been a boost of motivation, such as Peggy Guggenheim (Book Autobiography Confessions of an Art Addict), Victoria Mirò, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Miuccia Prada.
1. Selena Cerami at the gallery 13 Soho Square London. Photo by Lucy Thomson
2. Gates exhibition co-curated by Caterina Licitra – Ponti, Cristina O’Hanlon, Lena Grewenig, Lukas Luzius Leichtle, Marianne Vlaschits and Marta Pierobon. Photo by Lucy Thomson
3. Cave Canem, Co-curated by Lauren Powell. Image by Studio Tarn.
4. Waves, upcoming show by Giorgio Celin.