Ever wanted to slip behind the carefully tended to hedges, into the mind of Yoko Ono or Uma Thurman? To sit across from Marina Abramovic and Charlotte Gainsbourg, sharing a cup of tea and words on a Sunday afternoon? Mexican multi-disciplinary artist Hugo Huerta Marin has done just that in his new book, Portrait of an Artist: Conversations With Trailblazing Creative Women.
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For over seven years Marin has spent time with some of the worlds most influential female creatives - from Miuccia Prada and Ann Demeulemeester to Annie Lennox and Debbie Harry - interviewing them and to mark the occasion, snapping a polaroid of each woman as they are in the moment. The project stemmed from a desire to capture women across a variety of creative industries, age groups and nationalities, giving them the space to be vulnerable and speak on their creative processes, personal lives - whatever they felt like.
The result? A 400-page tome which, after all this time, is finally ready to be sent out into the world. You'll find the polaroids alongside lengthy and insightful conversations between Marin and the artists. Included are interviews with Marina Abramovic, Cate Blanchett, Annie Lennox, Miuccia Prada, Anjelica Huston, Carrie Mae Weems, Diane von Fürstenberg, Yoko Ono, Tracey Emin, Catherine Deneuve, Shirin Neshat, Ann Demeulemeester, Tania Bruguera, Rei Kawakubo, Kiki Smith, Orlan, Julianne Moore, Inez van Lamsweerde, Charlotte Gainsbourg, FKA twigs, Uma Thurman, Isabelle Huppert, Jenny Holzer, Debbie Harry and Agnès Varda. We know. It truly is the lineup to end all lineups.
Hugo Huerta Marin first cut his teeth in the art world as an assistant to Marina Abramovic - a woman who needs no introduction - and she is of course included in Portrait of an Artist. For those who are currently situated in New York, Marin will be speaking with Abramovic on creativity, success and legacy at Fotografiska to launch Portrait of an Artist on October 28. Find all the event details on Fotografiska's website.
Find a copy of Portrait of an Artist: Conversations with Trailblazing Creative Women at Penguin Random House.