• Several questions for Jasmin Tsou

    Introduce yourself:
    My name is Jasmin Tsou, and I own JTT, a gallery in the Lower East Side that I started in 2012.

    Which event has been the most crucial since you opened your gallery?
    I’d say when I hired my director Marie Catalano. She runs the company on a day to day basis while I oscillate between panic and self-determination. Without her I’m pretty sure the gallery would just slip like sand between my fingers. With regards to crucial moments I’ve shared with my artists, it is impossible to distill all of the proud moments I’ve had with each of them to only one, but since we are doing a solo booth at FIAC this year with Jamian Juliano-Villani, I should say that when Jamian agreed to work with us, it was a pretty fucking crucial moment for me. She had been meeting with a lot of galleries when I first started doing visits with her, and she could have worked with a much larger gallery than us. At the time, in 2015, I just had a little 350 sq ft space. When she chose us, it really gave me a lot of confidence in what I’m trying to build that pushed me forward to ask other really incredible artists to join our gallery or do projects with us. Without Jamian, I might not have had the confidence to believe I could step out of my immediate,friend circle and comfort zone. She gave me the right to believe in myself.

    How do you choose artists you represent?
    I find artists in the same way that anyone finds friends. Through a similar type of networking where I meet others through mutual friends. It’s important to me that I can communicate well with artists, that I feel understood and known and that they feel the same. We should inspire each other, get each others humor, and trust each other.

    Why did you decide to open a gallery?
    I was naive as to how hard it was going to be. I went to college with a very talented group of artists. I started to realize that if we could continue to support each other in the way we did during school,we would have a better chance of being successful than if we each went out on our own.

    Can you recommend cool hidden places in New York?

    What are your favorite places in Paris?
    I’ve been to Paris a few times, but this will be our first time attending FIAC. I’m looking forward to discovering more of the city.

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