Vanessa Carlos

Gallerist driving new forms of collaboration between emerging commercial galleries

Carlos says she created Condo, the international gallery-exchange programme that this year spread beyond its now annual London and New York outings (launched in 2016 and 2017 respectively) to Mexico City and Shanghai, with pared down versions taking place in Athens and São Paulo, out of ‘frustration with how the artworld we were inheriting from a previous generation largely mimicked the neoliberal pyramid structure’. It has inspired (presumably) welcome imitators (including Vacation in New York and Okey Dokey in Germany’s Rhineland) and made Carlos a regular on the conference circuit. Back in London, besides the day job of running Carlos/Ishikawa (and the careers of artists including Korakrit Arunanondchai, Oscar Murillo and Evelyn Taocheng Wang), she emerged, late last year, as a vocal spokesperson for We Are Not Surprised, the pressure group highlighting abuse and misogyny in the artworld. The act of deconstructing power makes one, ironically, pretty powerful.