Behind every great artist is a great artist
PETER ZUMTHOR & GLORIA CABRAL
Mentor & Protégée, Architecture
For Peter Zumthor, Paraguayan architect Gloria Cabral’s designs reveal an original spirit. “In Gloria’s work and attitude I sense a keen interest in the physical experience of architecture, which made it exciting for me to collaborate with her,” he says.
OLAFUR ELIASSON & SAMMY BALOJI
Mentor & Protégé, Visual arts
For photographer Sammy Baloji, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the experience of working with Olafur Eliasson opened his eyes to other forms of artistic expression. “I was inspired simply by seeing his studio,” he says.
ALEJANDRO GONZÁLEZ IÑÁRRITU & TOM SHOVAL
Mentor & Protégé, Film
KAIJA SAARIAHO & VASCO MENDONÇA
Mentor & Protégé, Music
Composer Kaija Saariaho helped Portugal’s Vasco Mendonça to develop his musical personality, technique and understanding, giving him the right ingredients to advance his artistic expression.
JENNIFER TIPTON & SEBASTIÁN SOLÓRZANO RODRÍGUEZ
Mentor & Protégé, Theatre
“Light is volume,” says Jennifer Tipton, who believes that mentors can have a lifelong effect. “I was curious to learn about Jennifer’s creative process… how she enters into discussions with directors, actors and dancers," says her Mexican protégé Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez.
MICHAEL ONDAATJE & MIROSLAV PENKOV
Mentor & Protégé, Literature
Michael Ondaatje says that having a mentor to warn about the dangers of easy victories is essential for a young writer. His Bulgarian protégé Miroslav Penkov deeply valued Ondaatje’s advice as he worked on his first novel.
ALEXEI RATMANSKY & MYLES THATCHER
Mentor & Protégé, Dance
For American dancer and choreographer Myles Thatcher, the opportunity to be mentored by Alexei Ratmansky was extraordinary. “Most new choreographers are trying to tweak a trend, but Alexei is inspired by what’s at the heart of classical ballet,” he says.