“The Power List is a ranking of one hundred living personalities who shape the arts,” the magazine writes. The importance of such lists – last week the German magazine Monopoly also presented a rating of 100 positions with Isa Genzken at the head – is assessed by the publication ArtReview. “What makes someone influential in London or New York does not necessarily make someone influential in Lagos or Kuala Lumpur,” it said.
Anti-drug activist in the fight against the opioid crisis
Photographer and filmmaker Goldin, also a longtime Berlin resident, has recently become known for her fight against the American Sackler family, owners of the pharmaceutical company responsible for the US opioid crisis.
The artist herself became addicted to painkillers sold by the company. In her photographs, she captured her own experiences and large-scale protests. Laura Poitras’ documentary All the Beauty and the Bloodshed about the fight won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
From ArtReview’s perspective, Goldin is the “most visible and prominent model” of an artist who not only documents and bears witness, but also acts as an activist and ethical voice.
The Artist and the Oracle
ArtReview considers Steyerl a pioneer of post-Internet art whose work explores the connections between technology and digital culture, capital and conflict. “Sensing and reflecting seismic shifts in culture and society has turned Steyerl into something of an oracle,” the magazine writes.
The Power 100’s top ten are strikingly diverse and feminine. Also featured are action and performance artist Rirkrit Tiravanija (third place), working in Bangkok, Berlin and New York, and American artist Simone Lee (fourth place), a longtime champion of black feminist art. Next come four other artists: Briton Isaac Julien, Ghanaian Ibrahim Mahama, American conceptual artist Theaster Gates and British director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), for whom confronting racism is part of their artistic work.
Indigenous group Karrabing Film Collective and Chinese media artist Cao Fei round out the top ten on ArtReview’s list.
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