Dorothée Nilsson

Dorothée Nilsson. © Dorothée Nilsson Gallery

Gallerist Dorothée Nilsson on passion and focus

What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently very involved in preparing the upcoming exhibition ›I am Silver‹ featuring the work of Swedish artist Lotta Antonsson, which will open for Berlin Art Week on 10 SEP. It will be the first show by the artist at the gallery and we are really looking forward to it.

Who or what has influenced you in your work?
I’m from the Malmö area in Sweden. In 1975, a municipal art centre opened there, Malmö Konsthall, showing art from around the world ranging from high modernism to experimental contemporary works. I attended exhibitions there on a regular basis with my friends; we kind of ›grew up‹ with Malmö Konsthall. This period shaped my youth profoundly and confirmed my desire to work with art. Whenever I’m in Malmö today, I return there again and again.

What artwork do you return to again and again?
No one single artwork: all the artists I work with inspire me.

What would you do if you didn’t work in the arts?
For me, working at a gallery and engaging with artists is really ideal, a true passion. Another realm outside the area of art would be the area of film and working with actors—I’ve done that several times in the past and still occasionally do so when I have the time.

What are you reading at the moment?
I’m now reading James Baldwin’s ›The Fire Next Time‹ from 1963. Baldwin describes his years growing up in Harlem and how they shaped him. His writings are a harsh, still apt critique of racism against African Americans in the U.S. today.

What should art today be able to do, in your opinion?
Provide inspiration, also politically and socially, but without pointing a finger—it should also open our senses and imagination. But art need not always be obviously political and have a message, but ideally should offer viewers room and inspiration for their own thoughts.

What aspect of the pre-pandemic world do you grieve—and what things do you not miss at all?
I miss the personal, ›analogue‹ contacts with artists, curators, and collectors. Now as then, I find that direct conversation and personal exchange are essential for inspiration and creativity. For me, the lockdowns were a period to take a deep breath and be less constantly on the move. This forced break allowed me to sort out my thoughts and ideas to develop new perspectives for the gallery and my work with the artists.

If you had to sum up your work in one word, what would it be?
Passion (inspiration, substance).

Do you have a daily ritual?
Yoga. It helps me to focus and to find a sense of inner calm.

What art or culture-related events do you look forward to in the near future?
I’m looking forward to the upcoming exhibitions at the gallery and meeting many old and new friends and acquaintances during Berlin Art Week and at the art fairs this autumn.

Lotta Antonsson. I am Silver
11 SEP—20 OCT 2021
Special Opening Hours Berlin Art Week
15—19 SEP 2021, noon—7pm