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Richie Culver is one of today’s most promising artists. He lives in London since at the age of 17 he decided to leave his natal Withernsea to follow his girlfriend with just nine pounds in his pocket. He’s now thirty-something and has already shown his work at the Tate Modern. Culver has collaborated with Eastpak Artist Studio to raise funds against AIDS. We interviewed him at Berlin’s Bread&Butter.
How did your collaboration with Eastpak come up?
My agent called me and I said “¿Eastpak?” And then he said: “Eastpak”. And I said: “Why not?”.
What made you say yes?
Many of my friends died of AIDS and many of them are living with AIDS. So any chance to fight against it is positive. I also learned that Johnny Marr of The Smiths was also participating, so I told my agent: “Get me there now!”.
Which are your favourite backpacks?
I love Johnny Marr’s, of course, and also the Muschi Kreuzberg and the one by the Spaniard José Gallardo. You can check them all clicking HERE.
Your model is triple. It’s three backpaks representing the Olympic medals. Where did you get the idea from?
It’s London’s Olympics this year and I wanted to represent my city one way or another. I love the 100 metres final, for instance, and I think this kind of discipline is sort of related with the disease with are dealing with here. I see lots of my friends fighting against AIDS every day, as if it were a distance race. This marathon for life is like a personal Olympiad…
Describe your work for the uninitiated.
I’m a British contemporary artist. I have lived in different places, in New York and in Norway, but there’s nowhere like London.
Your favourite hotspot?
You can’t stop listening to?
Big K.R.I.T., Tribes and Kendrick Lamar.
My mother’s death.
You never thought you’d end up?
Exhibiting my work at the Tate Modern.
Good to be happy. There’s nothing more important in life?