Power 100

Most influential people in 2021 in the contemporary artworld


Liza Essers

Gallerist - Director of Goodman Gallery; launched the South South initiative this year

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Photo: Anthea Pokroy

Continuing her commitment to outreach projects which includes fundraising for local healthcare, the Goodman Gallery director this year launched the South South initiative which brings together artists, curators, institutions, nonprofits (including RAW Material Company and Green Papaya Art Projects), galleries and collectors from across the Global South as an online community. Billed as a platform that ‘offers a repository and a space for new, shared value systems centred on community, collaboration and exchange’, South South presents a programme of talks, moving image, artist projects and hosts a curatorial residency. On the gallery front, Cape Town saw exhibitions for Sue Williamson and Shirin Neshat, Johannesburg held Paul Maheke’s first exhibition on the continent, while the London space presented new works by Kapwani Kiwanga. In May, Essers opened a seasonal outpost in New York’s East Hampton, rivalling the collection of blue-chip galleries that popped up in the summer retreat during the pandemic.

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