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Projects and Artist Award
Frieze Projects 2017 was curated by Raphael Gygax (Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich). The non-profit programme of new artist commissions featured eleven artists from eight countries across the world. Marc Bauer, Donna Kukama, MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho, Lucy + Jorge Orta, SPIT! (Carlos Motta, John Arthur Peetz, Carlos Maria Romero), Georgina Starr and Frieze Artist Award-winner Kiluanji Kia Henda created seven new artworks spanning literature, theatre, design and installation, all connected by a strong performative aspect. Curator Raphael Gygax said: ‘Focused on artistic collaboration, this year’s Projects explore “communitas” – the construction of collective identity – and society’s relationship with the “Other”.
Frieze Projects and the Frieze Artist Award are supported by the LUMA Foundation for the third consecutive year.
This year marks the fourth annual Frieze Artist Award and Kia Henda is the first African artist to receive the award and the project commission. Kiluanji Kia Henda (b. 1979, Luanda) is a Luanda-based artist, working across photography, video and performance. Entitled Under the Silent Eye of Lenin, Kia Henda’s winning proposal is a two-part installation, taking the cult of Marxism-Leninism after independence in Angola as its starting point and drawing parallels between witchcraft practices during Angola’s civil war and science fiction narratives used by Cold War superpowers.
Film, Music and Talks
Frieze Film has been a series of new film commissions premiered at Frieze London and broadcast on national television. Alex Bag, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Gabríela Friðriksdóttir and Raphaela Vogel created new works as part of Frieze Projects. Frieze Film was supported by Channel 4’s Random Acts.
On 6th October 2017 at The Store Studios, 180 The Strand, Frieze Music and The Vinyl Factory presented Dancefloor Meditations by Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey, with Special Guest DJ Jonnie Wilkes (Optimo). Dancefloor Meditations is an attempt to access the state of mind associated with deep meditation using only the tools to be found in any suburban discotheque.
Frieze Talks was curated for the first time by Ralph Rugoff (Hayward Gallery, London). It focused on how – in an age of ‘alternative facts’ – art’s capacity to beguile, disorientate and disrupt conventional notions of ‘the real’ can take on new meanings. Leading artists, musicians and cultural commentators explored these themes in the content and format of the programme, with topics including Alt-feminisms, (chaired by curator Alison M. Gingeras and including artists Renate Bertlmann, Cosey Fanni Tutti and Marilyn Minter); a performance – conversation between artists (Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Philipe Parreno); and a session of ‘sung lectures’ (Nástio Mosquito and Mx Justin Vivian Bond).
Frieze Sculpture was opened throughout the summer for the first time. It is the largest showcase of major outdoor art
in London, selected by Clare Lilley (Yorkshire Sculpture Park) – includes significant sculptural works by Sir Anthony Caro (Annely Juda Fine Art), John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer (both Gagosian), Takuro Kuwata (Alison Jacques Gallery and Salon 94), Alicja Kwade (kamel mennour), Eduardo Paolozzi (Pangolin), Ugo Rondinone (Sadie Coles HQ) and Sarah Sze (Victoria Miro), among others.
Art Fund returns as programming partner and has produced the Frieze Sculpture Audio Tour App, as well as a programme of educational tours to further encourage public engagement with Frieze Sculpture.
In addition to global lead partner Deutsche Bank, Frieze London partnered with BMW, Art Fund, the Financial Times, Official Champagne Ruinart, Contemporary Art Society and new partners American Express, Mount Street and Official Coffee Lavazza. Frieze Projects and the Frieze Artist Award are supported by the LUMA Foundation for the third consecutive year.
Universal Design Studio again devised the Hotel Café Royal the main hotel partner for Frieze London 2017.
Frieze raised £19,060 for Save The Children in the cloakroom this year.
(This article firstly published on 6th November 2017)
Frieze Art Fair has been in Regent’s Park, London, from 5th to 8th October 2017.