Power 100

Most influential people in 2023 in the contemporary artworld


Raphael Fonseca

Curator - Denver Art Museum and Videobrasil curator foregrounding the Global South

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Photo: Randolpho Lamonier

‘Art and politics are present in all exhibition projects; I am not particularly attracted to projects that make this relation evident and literal,’ Fonseca told March journal this year. His shows, poetic in themselves, together foreground the Global South as the future of art production and champion a new generation of artists. Who tells a tale adds a tail, an exhibition of millennial South and Central American artists at the Denver Art Museum, where he is curator of modern and contemporary Latin American art, closed in March. Fonseca’s edition of Videobrasil, Memory is an Editing Station (cocurated with Renée Akitelek Mboya), which presented work by 60 artists and collectives, drew subtle lines of connection through shared colonial experiences. As well as two further group shows, prize juries and an essay for Phaidon’s new Latin American Artists compendium, Fonseca is an international force for South and Central American artists, organising an exhibition for Vera Chaves Barcellos in Porto Alegre in May, and returning to the city in 2024 to curate the Mercosur Biennial, while advising Prospect.6 in New Orleans.

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