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Silverlens' Isa Lorenzo and Rachel Rillo Make It to ArtReview's Power 100

The Power 100 lists the art world's most influential figures.
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International contemporary art magazine ArtReview has just released its Power 100 list, an annual ranking of the most influential people in art.

This year, Silverlens Manila gallerists Isa Lorenzo and Rachel Rillo rank in the 92nd spot for increasing the visibility of Filipino artists abroad, and for finding ways early on to adapt their gallery to the uncertainty of pandemic conditions. 

Alongside the two are movements, artists, academics, museum directors, and more including Black Lives Matter, Ruangrupa, the Jakarta-based collective taking charge of the next Documenta, Glenn D. Lowry, the director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, collector Miuccia Prada, street artist Banksy, and film director Steve McQueen, to name a few.

"Thrilled to be in such good company," says Lorenzo. "Happy our work, which often goes unmeasured against all odds, is recognized. Happy for, and with, our artists, whose work keep us excited about what we do every day."

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Rillo adds, "To be amongst titans of the art world—collectors, friends, curators, gallerists, including artists I’ve admired for decades—is such a thrill. When you come from islands in SEA during a pandemic, it’s hard to fathom where that spot is in the global art world you belong."

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Silverlens recently started live and recorded walkthroughs of its exhibits. It's also launched an online platform for digitally exclusive projects. 

Green Papaya Art Projects, Metro Manila's oldest artist-run space, also landed on the list at number 99. The artist collective was co-founded in 2000 by Dona Miranda and Norberto "Peewee" Roldan, and it has since been a space to give opportunities to underprivileged artists. Unfortunately it has already announced it will be closing next year.

The Power 100 has noticeably put the focus on long-standing issues of racial justice and equity by putting the spotlight on activist movement Black Lives Matter that's fighting racism, academics Felwine Sarr and Bénédicte Savoy who have been decolonizing Western museum collections, and the #MeToo movement against sexual abuse and sexual harassment.

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"In a period of social and cultural upheaval, the social justice movement’s unprecedented influence is signaled not only by its overarching position on the list—and this is the first time a movement rather than an individual has been at the top of the Power 100—but also in the shaping of this list," ArtReview said in a statement.

Check out the full list here.

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