Behind every great artist is a great artist
Sir David Chipperfield and Simon Kretz
Mentor & Protégé, Architecture
Young Swiss architect Simon Kretz already has an impressive portfolio to his credit. “But only an experienced mentor like Sir David Chipperfield can take me to the next level of design thinking,” he says.
Joan Jonas and Thao-Nguyen Phan
Mentor & Protégée, Visual arts
Joan Jonas, a pioneer of video and performance art, is considered the “ideal mentor” by Thao-Nguyen Phan, from Vietnam, where she has pushed the boundaries of contemporary art by combining painting, video, performance and installation.
Alfonso Cuarón and Chaitanya Tamhane
Mentor & Protégé, Film
Having had mentors throughout his life, Alfonso Cuarón is highly enthusiastic about the mentoring year. His Indian protégé Chaitanya Tamhane, with a much-awarded first feature but no professional cinema training, says: “A mentor figure is someone I have always craved.”
Mia Couto and Julián Fuks
Mentor & Protégé, Literature
Brazilian writer, critic and translator Julián Fuks and renowned, Mozambique-born novelist Mia Couto are united by their love of fiction and of the Portuguese language. Fuks anticipates that his time with Couto will be a “transformative experience”.
Robert Lepage and Matías Umpierrez
Mentor & Protégé, Theatre
Matías Umpierrez (who has dual Argentina/Spain nationalities) has great expectations of his collaboration with mentor Robert Lepage whose interdisciplinary work matches his own artistic views, and mixes technology with human sensitivities.
Philip Glass and Pauchi Sasaki
Mentor & Protégée, Music
During the mentoring year, Pauchi Sasaki, a Peruvian of Japanese descent, hopes, to create an orchestral and electronic-acoustic opera, under the guidance of her mentor Philip Glass, a pioneer of contemporary music and an acclaimed opera composer.
Ohad Naharin and Londiwe Khoza
Mentor & Protégée, Dance
South African neoclassical and contemporary dancer Londiwe Khoza wants to be “the kind of artist who changes people’s lives”. Her mentor, Ohad Naharin, of Israel, has influenced a generation of dancers by creating Gaga, a language of movement.