Power 100

Most influential people in 2023 in the contemporary artworld


Paul B. Preciado

Thinker - Curator and theorist attuned to the interweave of politics and gender

22 in 2023

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Photo: Leo Freeman

If Preciado’s CV already covered writing, philosophy and curating – all three in the service of gender, sexual and body politics, and becoming a mainstay reference for the artworld – then from this year you can add filmmaker to that mix. Asked to write his autobiography, Preciado initially rejected the idea ‘because Virginia Woolf – that asshole – wrote it for me in 1928’, referring to the modernist author’s Orlando, and the titular character’s transition from male to female. Instead, Preciado made the hybrid experimental documentary Orlando: My Political Biography (2023), weaving his own transition and that of 26 contemporary trans and non-binary people, from eight to seventy years old, as an embodiment of the literary character. It won four awards at the Berlinale and has been picked up for distribution across various European territories and the US. Meanwhile his new book out this year, Dysphoria Mundi, chronicled the idea of sickness, from the pathologisation of trans identity, to racism, feminicide and global warming.

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