Emilie Faure works with White Cube gallery in London, focusing on sales in the Middle Eastern region. Prior to joining White Cube, Emilie worked as curator of The Farjam Collection in Dubai, where she spear-headed the inauguration of the first private museum in the Gulf. She has also worked at Sotheby's Institute of Art in London, and at the British Museum in the institution’s Business Strategy department.
If there was one piece of art you could feature in, which would it be and why?
A painting by Julie Mehretu, to be caught in the mesmerizing chaos of her worlds.
Who inspires you and why? An artist, a family member, someone current or historical?
Marianne Brandt. She was one of the few female professors at the Bauhaus – a distinctively male environment – where she taught metalwork. In the midst of major political upheaval and personal discrimination, she designed what became some of the most iconic objects of the 20th Century. The collages she made in her spare time are subtly feminist and still very contemporary.
More generally, the people who inspire me creatively are ones who sit down to work every day, and have a positive mindset. Ideas are born from taking a leap of faith and being in a disposition to receive them.
What are your cultural aspirations? What do you still want to see, do and achieve?
I want to see more risk-taking amongst collectors; more women on museum boards; more support for arts education at school; more playful rigor and less cynicism in contemporary painting; more creativity leaked from this industry to others.
I want to continue playing a part in encouraging all of that, and hoping the efforts will be contagious.
What are your favourite cultural cities in the world and why?
Tokyo, for the combination of sophistication and quirkiness.
Paris and Rome, for the humility historic beauty brings.
Beirut and New York, for the brash confidence in the present moment.
What are you up to at the moment and where can we find it?
I work with Marc Quinn whose show opens at White Cube Bermondsey on July 14th at 6pm – be there!