Power 100

Most influential people in 2023 in the contemporary artworld


Prateek Raja & Priyanka Raja

Gallerists - Cofounders of Experimenter, Kolkata

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Courtesy Experimenter, Kolkata

‘A space for fearlessness’ was Prateek’s ambition for Experimenter, the Kolkata- and now Mumbai-based gallery he runs with wife Priyanka. That translates as a programme with a political sensibility, which privileges intellectual rigour and experimentation over sales (including No Starting Point for Revolution, Kabul-based artist Aziz Hazara’s solo multimedia study of living in a warzone, and the group sound-art exhibition In Between Notes). Running alongside the gallery’s regular learning, outreach and outpost programmes, this year’s Experimenter Curators’ Hub (now on its 13th edition) brought together the likes of Inti Guerrero (codirector of the Biennale of Sydney 2024) and Shubigi Rao (artistic director for last year’s Kochi-Muziris Biennale), with Mayank Mansingh Kaul, who studies postcolonial histories of Indian textiles, and activist and poet Jacinta Kerketta. In Mumbai, where Experimenter’s third space, after the two in Kolkata, opened last year, the pair staged a show by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, who presented Sonam’s father’s personal archive relating to the CIA’s opportunistic involvement in Tibetan resistance.

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