Donna Haraway

Theorist on science, technology and feminism

Haraway maintains her tentacular presence in the artworld. Her writing, which is both academic and breezily poetic, and which ranges from ‘A Cyborg Manifesto’ (1984), now regarded as a key text in discourses regarding identity and the rise of artificial intelligence, and Staying with the Trouble (2016), which tackles the Anthropocene, was cited, explicitly or implicitly, by any number of artists and curators as inspiration. She was namechecked this year in group exhibitions such as Past Skin at MoMA PS1, New York; The Dream of Forms at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Belgium’s Contour Biennale; and the Lofoten International Art Festival in Norway. Alongside her continued teaching at the University of California, Santa Cruz, she and her work were central to a conference held at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and she delivered a keynote lecture at the San Francisco Art Institute.