Artist Hito Steyerl named No. 1 in 2017 edition of ArtReview’s annual Power 100

Friday, November 3, 2017
Artist Hito Steyerl named No. 1 in 2017 edition of ArtReview’s annual Power 100

Artist Hito Steyerl is number one in the 16th edition of the ArtReview Power 100. The annual ranking of the contemporary artworld’s most influential players hits newsstands on Friday 3 November and is published in association with BMW. The eintire list can be viewed under ArtReview.com.

Artist Hito Steyerl named No. 1 in 2017 edition of ArtReview’s annual Power 100
Artist Hito Steyerl is number one in the 16th edition of the ArtReview Power 100. The annual ranking of the contemporary artworld’s most influential players hits newsstands on Friday 3 November and is published in association with BMW. The eintire list can be viewed under ArtReview.com.
 
ArtReview comments, ‘Art is powerful. Or at least it’s the construct of powerful forces, not always of the positive kind. This is something Steyerl recognises. The artist makes the top slot on this list because she actively attempts to disrupt this nexus of power.’
 
Steyerl’s videos and installations take cue from historical and political narratives, tackling digital culture and identity along the way. In her academically rigorous writing, performative lectures and teaching, she is doggedly outspoken; critically influencing agendas internationally. Steyerl took part in this year’s once-a-decade, era-defining Skulptur Projekte Münster and her work this year was shown in solo and group exhibitions in Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Gwacheon, Helsinki, New York, São Paulo, Turin and Vienna.
 
A considered analysis of power in the contemporary artworld, the Power 100 is compiled each year in consultation with an invited international panel of writers, artists, curators and critics. An individual’s or group’s ranking is based on their international influence over the production and dissemination of art and ideas in the artworld and beyond over the past 12 months.

Hito Steyerl (born 1966 in Munich) is a German filmmaker, visual artist, writer, and innovator of the essay documentary. Her principal topics of interest are media, technology, and the global circulation of images. Steyerl holds a PhD in Philosophy from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She is currently a professor of New Media Art at the Berlin University of the Arts, where she co-founded the Research Center for Proxy Politics, together with Vera Tollmann and Boaz Levin.

Image above: Hito Steyerl, How Not To Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File (2013), source.

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