We had the good fortune of connecting with Selin Camli Anjel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Selin, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I’m from Istanbul, Turkey, and have been living in the U.S. for about a decade now. Growing up, I always found it magical to dissolve in the stories and feelings conveyed through shapes, colors, sounds, depiction, and abstraction. But why the visual log of humanity that started in the same caves glorified a certain people’s path over others never made much sense. And today, it’s nice to be able to voice this so confidently.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Art’s reflective, restorative, and reinforcing nature positions artists as the backbone of a society; their creativity needs to endure and be nourished for society itself to flourish and thrive. Instead, in addition to other everyday social and financial struggles, artists across the globe face censorship and lack of exposure. Recent disasters like Hurricane Sandy in NYC, Malibu fires in Los Angeles, and the coronavirus pandemic have proved once again that systems of the world are not taking good care of artists who are indispensable to humanity. Art whose mission is to make essential social impact seldom gets the outreach it deserves, while news-breaking million-dollar stuffed sharks focus the attention of millions of people on privileged artists for absolutely no good reason — including aesthetics. But times are changing. We now live in an era echoing social and ecological paradigm shifts; underrepresented artists need more access and exposure than ever while growing businesses, as well as arts institutions, must reevaluate and accentuate their value propositions for sustainable growth and accountability. Collaborations with brands and companies that are socially-conscious and forward-thinking offer compelling ways for artists to navigate a crowded space saturated by content, practice their craft, and earn a living wage. And that’s where bluenectar comes in. bluenectar gives digital marketing and brand strategy consulting to underrepresented artists and arts organizations while consulting growing businesses on accountable brand positioning and expression of values by bridging them with artists and arts organizations via sustainable partnerships.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Considering the pandemic, here’s my itinerary for a long weekend with my BFF: Day 1 Breakfast at Valerie Echo Park Drive around for a little hop-on hop-off tour of the “Hipster Trifecta” (that is the Silverlake – Echo Park – Downtown area :)) In n Out drive-thru for dinner
Day2 Early wake up Get lost in the desert Stay at Ace Hotel Palm Springs
Day3 Back from the desert Sunset at Venice Beach (must-see: The guy who plays the piano on the Venice beach boardwalk) Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
As an extrovert who genuinely believes in human interaction and mutual growth, I have built communities across different countries of the world since my early teens. I have lived in many different cities including Helsinki, Paris, New York, and Los Angeles, for considerable amounts of time. I made wonderful friends along the way, and those friends who ended up doing remarkable things soon got translated into an extensive cross-cultural network. I also gained much of the experience I use today during my years at USC Fisher Museum of Art. I feel extremely lucky to call Dr. Selma Holo, USC Museums Executive Director, my mentor. I would also like to give a big shoutout to the architecture studio SOUR. Partner Pinar Guvenc and I have been friends since the age of 5. Today, we are making our childhood dreams come true by working side by side on really cool projects, such as the “What’s Wrong With Art” panel series.