Larry Ossei-Mensah: Redefining Art and Culture. The visionary curator and cultural critic is shaping our perception of the world. From groundbreaking exhibitions to collaborations with creative icons like Jay-Z, join us for an extraordinary conversation on art's transformative power. Let's dive in!"
In this episode, we had the opportunity to have a conversation with the esteemed curator and cultural critic, Larry Ossei-Mensah. As a Ghanaian-American with over 15 years of experience in the art world, Larry’s insights and perspective are invaluable for anyone interested in contemporary art and curation. Below are the key themes and highlights from our conversation.
The Evolving Role of a Curator
Larry started the conversation by delving into the evolving role of a curator. He described curators as essential collaborators who work closely with artists to help communicate their vision to the public. In a constantly changing art environment, he emphasized the importance of adaptability and openness to new ideas for curators. The role of a curator is not just about selecting art, but also engaging in a dialogue with artists and audience.
The Welcome Winds of Change in the Art World
We discussed the changing landscape of the art world, and Larry observed that there has been a significant shift towards embracing diversity. He feels that the art world is now more receptive to different voices and narratives than in the past. This shift is essential for enriching the art space and providing a more holistic representation of human experiences.
Larry Ossei-Mensah & The Digital Revolution in Art
One of the fascinating parts of our conversation revolved around technology and its impact on art. Larry noted that social media and other technological advancements have revolutionized the way artists gain exposure. He acknowledged the power of social media in democratizing access to art and creating new avenues for engagement.
The Vital Support for Emerging Artists
Larry spoke passionately about the importance of supporting emerging artists. Through various platforms, including the Young Global initiative, he has been actively involved in uplifting and supporting the new voices in art. He believes that giving these artists a platform is crucial for the diversity and innovation that the art world needs.
Navigating Through A Pandemic
Reflecting on the recent pandemic, Larry discussed how it has affected the art world. Interestingly, he noted that the pandemic accelerated the embrace of technology in art and forced artists and curators to think more innovatively about engagement and presentation.
The Power of Mentorship and Networking
A significant portion of our conversation was dedicated to the importance of mentorship and networking in the art world. Larry advised aspiring curators and artists to build genuine relationships and engage with their communities. He stressed that networking is not just about taking; it’s about building reciprocal relationships and being part of a community.
Words of Wisdom for Aspiring Curators and Artists
For those looking to carve a niche in the art world, Larry's advice is to stay persistent and curious. He emphasized the importance of learning, finding mentors, and continuously evolving as an artist or curator.
Our conversation with Larry Ossei-Mensah was enriching and insightful. His experiences and views shed light on the intricacies of the art world, the evolving role of curators, and the importance of community and diversity in art. Larry’s passion for supporting emerging artists and his emphasis on genuine relationships are a testament to his dedication and commitment to the art community. Through this dialogue, we have gained a deeper understanding of the art world and the exciting possibilities it holds for the future.