Tribute through a lens

August 2016

In a series of photos of mentors and their protégés taken at the end of cycle 6 (2012-2013) and cycle 7 (2014-2015) of the Rolex Arts Initiative, celebrated photographer Brigitte Lacombe captures the spirit of the programme. Lacombe is renowned for her evocative photographs that appear in the world’s leading publications, including Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The Wall St Journal, Condé Nast Traveller and German Vogue. She has also worked as a special photographer on the films of Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and many other top directors. Lacombe received the Art Director’s Club Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award for photograpy in 2010.

Both Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky and American dancer/choreographer Myles Thatcher shared their love of classical ballet as a living, evolving art during their various interactions, including the mentor’s feedback on Manifesto, Thatcher’s new work.
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Both Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky and American dancer/choreographer Myles Thatcher shared their love of classical ballet as a living, evolving art during their various interactions, including the mentor’s feedback on Manifesto, Thatcher’s new work.
Read more about Alexei Ratmansky and Myles Thatcher’s year of mentoring

In their various encounters, Mexican lighting and installation artist Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez had a life-changing experience observing the sensitive way American lighting master Jennifer Tipton adds meaning to a production through light and colour.
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In their various encounters, Mexican lighting and installation artist Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez had a life-changing experience observing the sensitive way American lighting master Jennifer Tipton adds meaning to a production through light and colour.
Read more about Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez and Jennifer Tipton’s year of mentoring

Seeking an exchange of ideas in their brief but intense meetings, renowned Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson encouraged Congolese artist-photographer Sammy Baloji to develop the scope of his work, as the protégé was creating his installation for the Venice Biennale.
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Seeking an exchange of ideas in their brief but intense meetings, renowned Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson encouraged Congolese artist-photographer Sammy Baloji to develop the scope of his work, as the protégé was creating his installation for the Venice Biennale.
Read more about Olafur Eliasson and Sammy Baloji’s year of mentoring

Although immersed in two different kinds of architectural practices, legendary Swiss architect Peter Zumthor and Paraguayan Gloria Cabral maintained an active collaborative partnership exemplified by the design of a South Korean tea chapel.
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Although immersed in two different kinds of architectural practices, legendary Swiss architect Peter Zumthor and Paraguayan Gloria Cabral maintained an active collaborative partnership exemplified by the design of a South Korean tea chapel.
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Multiple Oscar-winner, Mexican Alejandro González Iñárritu, gave his protégé, Israeli film-maker Tom Shoval, direct access to his work, including witnessing first-hand his two Academy Award-winning films, Birdman and The Revenant.
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Multiple Oscar-winner, Mexican Alejandro González Iñárritu, gave his protégé, Israeli film-maker Tom Shoval, direct access to his work, including witnessing first-hand his two Academy Award-winning films, Birdman and The Revenant.
Read more about Alejandro Iñárritu and Tom Shoval’s year of mentoring

Celebrated Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho and composer Vasco Mendonça from Portugal met in cities from Los Angeles to Helsinki where they engaged in stimulating discussions about their work, profession and lives.
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Celebrated Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho and composer Vasco Mendonça from Portugal met in cities from Los Angeles to Helsinki where they engaged in stimulating discussions about their work, profession and lives.
Read more about Kaija Saariaho and Vasco Mendonça’s year of mentoring

Having both changed countries and cultures, Sri Lankan-born, Canadian author Michael Ondaatje and his protégé Miroslav Penkov from Bulgaria had similar life experiences and mutual interests that led to a productive literary relationship and Penkov’s first novel.Read more about Michael Ondaatje and Miroslav Penkov’s year of mentoring

Having both changed countries and cultures, Sri Lankan-born, Canadian author Michael Ondaatje and his protégé Miroslav Penkov from Bulgaria had similar life experiences and mutual interests that led to a productive literary relationship and Penkov’s first novel.
Read more about Michael Ondaatje and Miroslav Penkov’s year of mentoring

Brazilian singer and songwriter Gilberto Gil invited Egyptian singer Dina El Wedidi to tour with him. Read more about Giberto Gil and Dina El Wedidi’s year of mentoring

Brazilian singer and songwriter Gilberto Gil invited Egyptian singer Dina El Wedidi to tour with him.
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American film editor Walter Murch shared his wisdom with Sara Fgaier from Italy.  Read more about Walter Murch and Sara Fgaier’s year of mentoring

American film editor Walter Murch shared his wisdom with Sara Fgaier from Italy.
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William Kentridge opened his studio in Johannesburg South Africa to Colombian Mateo López. 
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William Kentridge opened his studio in Johannesburg South Africa to Colombian Mateo López.
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Polish protégé Michał Borczuch. His mentor, French stage and screen director Patrice Chéreau, passed away in October 2013. 
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Polish protégé Michał Borczuch. His mentor, French stage and screen director Patrice Chéreau, passed away in October 2013.
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Japan’s Kazuyo Sejima mentored China’s Yang Zhao on the design of a building. 

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Japan’s Kazuyo Sejima mentored China’s Yang Zhao on the design of a building.
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Canada’s Margaret Atwood wrote an online novel with British author Naomi Alderman. 

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Canada’s Margaret Atwood wrote an online novel with British author Naomi Alderman.
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Lin Hwai-min invited Brazilian Eduardo Fukushima to spend a year at Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan. 

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Lin Hwai-min invited Brazilian Eduardo Fukushima to spend a year at Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan.
Read more about Lin Hwai-min and Eduardo Fukushima’s year of mentoring