#1 - Charlotte von Stotzingen: At the crossroads between art and humanitarian work
For the first episode of Brillantes, I am welcoming Charlotte von Stotzingen.
Why? Well, first of all, because Charlotte is one of those personalities that naturally shine… These passionate and fascinating women, whose charisma is beyond dispute. But also because Charlotte von Stotzingen is an entrepreneur at heart. In just a few years, the young woman has managed to create a tailor-made career for herself, at the crossroads between the two worlds that drive her: art and humanitarian aid, between Paris, Zurich and Kenya.
After studying business and art history, and a few years of experience in the field, Charlotte decides, with her husband, to drop her comfortable job and start a crazy humanitarian project in Kenya. The goal? To train young people in the remote region of Turkana in ICT, to enable them to work as freelancers.
Back in Europe, she launched Thanks for Nothing, a philanthropic association whose aim is to mobilise the world of culture to promote solidarity.
Finally, in Zurich, Charlotte has been heading for the past three years the Zurich Art Weekend, which highlights the artistic scene of the Swiss economic capital, just before Art Basel.
Together, we talk about the impact that the Covid crisis has had on her activities and her daily life. Charlotte looks back with honesty at each of her projects, from their origin to their financing. We talk about the power of art and the impact it can have on society. Charlotte tells me about the art scene in Zurich, we discuss the role of galleries and the need for democratization.
Have a great time listening!
3:30 : Mother Theresa, a “brilliant” women for Charlotte
5’22 : The coronavirus crisis, a period of opportunities
7’10 : How the art industry reacted to Coronavirus
10’50 : The experience of art
11’49 : Childhood and Studies
13’17 : Art as a passion
16’50 : Getting engaged for humanitarian work
18’13 : Launching Learning Lions in Turkana, Kenya
21’44 : A successful project, winner of the “Google Impact Challenge”
25’20 : Bridging the art and humanitarian causes: the creation of “Thanks for Nothing” in Paris
27’47 : The first event of Thanks for Nothing, in the Palais de Tokyo (Paris)
29’40 : Using the voice of the artists to get people together for important causes
32’49 : Launching the Zurich Art Weekend
34’37 : The Zurich art scene
37’16 : The art market in Switzerland
39’19 : Art galleries & democratisation
43’15 : Make the art scene accessible all year long
44’32 : The challenges of small organisations, between Paris, Zurich and Kenya
47’02 : Natural networking & tips
49’52 : The challenge of women
50’43 : Ending questions
To follow Charlotte's projects:
Zurich Art Weekend (Zurich): https://zurichartweekend.com/
Thanks for Nothing (Paris) : https://thanksfornothing.fr/en/homepage/
Activities in Kenya:
- Learning Lions: https://www.learninglions.org/index.php?gclid=Cj0KCQjwp4j6BRCRARIsAGq4yMGLB384VOp-uJcQfhFnEtAHDylujgwWWJkmVWSMBVOeKacStCo6nQ4aArMLEALw_wcB
- Start up Lions: https://startuplions.org/
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