Sandra Teitge

Sandra Teitge, Photo: Diana Pfammatter

Sandra Teitge on hierarchies between curating and communicating art, her affection for Charlotte Perriand furniture, and the Gallery Weekend Festival during Berlin Art Week 2023.

What are you working on at the moment?
150% on the Gallery Weekend Festival, set to take place 16 to 17 SEP 2023 at Studio Mondial on Kurfürstendamm.

What are you reading or listening to right now?
The diaries of Barbara Reimann and Anaïs Nin.
Tunes by Abigail Toll, Félicia Atkinson, Caterina Barbieri, et al. … Rosalia … Madonna … Tina Turner … depending on my mood and the time of the day.

What does good art education/outreach require?
Art education should be conceived together with the curatorial concept, from the very beginning. Unfortunately, there is often a hierarchy between the two, which I find very counterproductive—especially for art education, as it is usually developed as an afterthought, in reaction to the curatorial work. A completely different approach is called for, in my opinion. It’s only then that art education can really benefit everyone involved… and even convey some aspects or ideas in a new or different way, also to the curator.

Do you have a favourite building?
Any building filled with Charlotte Perriand furniture.

Is there someone you would like to meet?
Ruth Bader Ginsberg, when she was alive

Do you have a daily ritual?
The ritual depends on the mood of my three children. It definitely involves lots of coffee in the morning.

What accessory or object could you not be without?
My jewels (nothing valuable, but lots of personal significance).

What does sustainability mean for you?
Not to come across as too ideological or idealistic, but a quote that comes to mind is Mahatma Gandhi’s:
»You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no result.«

What do you think Berlin’s artistic and cultural landscape needs?
More visibility and presence for East German and East European voices: artists, curators, directors, exhibitions, programs, and so on.

What do you do when you’re done working?
Next question.