Chang­ing Places

No­madic arts curator Kate Fowle loves Moscow’s dy­namism

The Moscow Times - - LIVING HERE - By An­drei Much­nik a.much­nik@ime­

Born in Read­ing, just out­side of Lon­don, Kate Fowle has al­ready worked in sev­eral coun­tries. She was an in­ter­na­tional curator at the Ul­lens Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Art in Bei­jing, and ran one of the first mas­ter’s pro­grams in cu­rat­ing in the U.S. be­fore find­ing her place as the chief curator at the Garage Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art in Moscow.

I re­ally like the neigh­bor­hood be­cause it’s walk­a­ble and I en­joy the flex­i­bil­ity to move about with­out us­ing pub­lic trans­port or cars, be­cause we spend enough time in traf­fic any­way. I re­ally like the fact that you can go sit at the pond and I’m into run­ning. It’s an area where you can ac­tu­ally go out­side and you don’t have to ac­tu­ally do any­thing to be out­doors and en­joy it.

It’s a cock­tail bar but they have a great break­fast there. I’ve had a few work meet­ings there be­cause we like to put Garage vis­i­tors up in a nearby ho­tel. It was ex­tremely pop­u­lar last year, so of­ten in the evenings it was so loud that it wasn’t work­ing, but it’s get­ting a lit­tle bit qui­eter now. Pinch, 2 Bol­shoi Pala­shevsky Pereulok, Metro Tver­skaya

I first saw it when I came for an in­ter­view with Garage in 2012. There was ba­si­cally a bit of mar­ket, a whole lot of shut­down places, it was like a kind of waste­land. And now there’s a grad­ual de­vel­op­ment that kind of goes back to what the plans were in the 1960s. For me it’s just in­ter­est­ing be­cause it’s one of the places to watch how a city re­de­vel­ops its leisure time and how that works. VDNKh, Metro VDNKh

What I love about it is that sum­mer here is the best kept se­cret, sum­mer here is bet­ter than in many, many places, be­cause there’s so much open space. It’s a very green city for a city of this den­sity. And in four years I saw this place in­vent­ing and rein­vent­ing it­self, con­stantly in transition.

For Kate Fowle, one of Moscow’s at­trac­tions is that it does not con­form to com­mon stereo­types.

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