Clara Ianni
Brazilian, born 1987
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

A curator and multimedia artist who gained critical acclaim at the 2011 Istanbul Biennial, Clara Ianni creates sculpture, installation, video, and text-based works through which she parses the relationship between violence, memory, and politics. Although the industrial seriality that characterizes her work is formally reminiscent of American modernists like Donald Judd, Ianni explores the variants of Modernism that occurred in her native Brazil—where she works, splitting her time between there and Berlin—while also gesturing back towards the military dictatorship that held power in the country from the 1960s to the ’80s. Combining such historical concerns with critiques of neoliberalism, Ianni’s highly political works speak against notions of progress that are tantamount to what she calls a “systematic denial of the past.”