Delphine Chapuis Schmitz

With language as the artistic base of her work, Delphine Chapuis Schmitz questions traditional knowledge, structures of seeing, describing and classifying. Until July 15 she participates in the group show Your Hands in My Shoes 1/3 at La Galerie, centre d’art contemporain de Noisy-le-Sec.
In our interview she explains why art shouldn’t be considered as something to be owned.

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Installation view in Milieu, Bern, 2016. Photo Valentina Suter.

SAA: What fosters art?

DCS: Life?

SAA: Who is supporting you?

DCS: N. Katherine Hayles, Gertrude Stein, Mars Alive, my daughter, Marie-Do, my mom, William Bronk, der ganze MTR, les filles formidables de la Galerie de Noisy, David et les ami.e.s de Paris, Françoise, Marie-Luise, Kika und die Zürcher Freunde, Antonio Lobo Antunes, CAConrad, le voisin énorme avec son chien minuscule, Gerry, Marianne, Emilie et Vanessa, Alicia, Dimitrina, Lisette, Sabine, Lea, Camille, Robert (Richard), Ramon, Ines, Gian-Andri, Julia, Giulia, Anna & Gioia, Yasmin, Patrick, Marianne, Marie-Eve et Madeleine, Pablo, Vincenzo (x2), Stefan, Andreas, Johannes, Thomas, Kathrin, Henrik, Guillaume, @cloudscroll, PPromotion, mes soeurs (toutes) et mes neveux…

We’d rather not talk about Ludwig / We’d rather not talk about Margarethe Together with Veronika Spierenburg, Installation view in Réunion, Zurich, 2015. Photo Claude Gasser

SAA:… and how?

DCS: By trusting me.

SAA: Does financial support expand creativity?

DCS: Expand not, facilitate yes. Money is time, and time is what I need.

SAA: Must art be sellable?

DCS: Some art does. Some art doesn’t. Artist fees should be an evidence for all though.

SAA: Should art belong to the private or public?

DCS: If you think of art as something happening rather than something to be owned, the difference between private and public loses its relevance. Art belongs to the people encountering it, sharing it, making it occurring… you?