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Rodrigo Valenzuela in PHOTOFAIRS In Focus series, Q&A with Joey Lico

PNY: What artists or exhibitors are you looking forward to seeing at PHOTOFAIRS New York? 

JL: Oh, Rodrigo Valenzuela at Asya Geisberg Gallery. He is a force—certainly one of the smartest and hardest-working people I know (artist or otherwise). Outside of the intellectual and visual creativity his practice prioritizes, the sheer agility he has in the making is like nothing else I’ve seen – that’s not to say it doesn’t exist (!) – so I’m always excited when I see he is exhibiting somewhere because I know it will be something new from him and I trust it’s going to expand my perspectives on whatever subject he is addressing. 

And Throckmorton Fine Art is presenting a booth of photography focused on women in Latin America, which includes photographs by incredible artists such as Graciela Iturbide and Tatiana Parcero, who’ve I’ve admired for the better part of my career. Curatorially, I see a lot of conversation points that could be had between Asya Geisberg Gallery’s booth and Throckmorton Fine Art’s… I’m eager to see if that plays out the way I imagine!


Joey Lico is The Cultivist’s Executive Director. Before joining The Cultivist, Joey was in director positions at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), followed by Independent Curators International (ICI), where she nurtured a huge variety of projects across all disciplines of art. 

From 2008-2016, and under the Obama Administration, she worked with The White House as an adviser on their ACT/ART Committee bringing contemporary art into public policy. Joey also serves on the Contemporaries Executive Committee for the Whitney Museum of American in New York.