Power 100

Most influential people in 2023 in the contemporary artworld


Donna Haraway

Thinker - The philosopher’s work has become part of the artworld’s DNA

31 in 2023

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Photo: Rusten Hogness

This year Pope Francis cited the philosopher’s premise of ‘contact zones’ – how a person or thing is constituted by its relationships with another person or thing – in a new apostolic exhortation; but Haraway might feel equally anointed by being namechecked in curatorial statements and press releases, for shows including Laure Prouvost in Vienna, Gianni Colombo in Milan and Ana Mendieta in São Paulo. Mousse magazine even cited her when announcing its redesign this year. Though it has been a quiet year for publishing, with limited public speaking beyond her professor emerita role at the History of Consciousness department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, it’s understandable why she remains such a touchstone: her writing addresses so many of our current issues, from the environment, to gender and queer identity, to AI and tech. Haraway’s thinking is nothing if not intersectional: regarding her papal citation, coming despite her long history of criticising the Catholic Church, she quipped, ‘Some baby Jesuit who’s into animal studies and science studies and feminist theory for some weird reason has been reading me’. They’re not alone.

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