Vanessa Carlos

Gallerist driving new forms of collaboration between emerging commercial galleries

Carlos, the founder of London gallery Carlos/Ishikawa, staged the first Condo – a ‘collaborative exhibition’ – in 2016 as an alternative (if not competing) model to the art fair. That year 24 international galleries – ranging from New York’s Essex Street to Shanghai’s Antenna Space – set up shop for a month on the premises of eight young London galleries. From the outset Carlos envisaged versions of Condo rolling out in North America, Latin America and Asia. This year the first of these came to fruition, when gallerist Simone Subal and Chapter NY’s Nicole Russo staged Condo New York. Condo London’s second edition saw more established spaces, such as Sadie Coles (hosting Bridget Donahue) and Shanghart (ensconced at Carlos/Ishikawa), come onboard. When not matchmaking, Carlos spends her time navigating the careers of Korakrit Arunanondchai, Ed Fornieles, Pilvi Takala and others.