London is buzzing with events this season, one of which is Frieze that is returning for its 17th edition in Regent’s Park. The fair brings together world leading galleries alongside talks, guided tours, and new projects by emerging artists from around the world, in addition to a new curated section and live performances.
This year’s new themed section is called “Woven”, curated by Cosmin Costinas, executive director of the not-for-profit Para Site art space in Hong Kong. “Woven” explores textiles, weaving and legacies of colonialism. The section will feature artists Pacita Abad, Joël Andrianomearisoa, Monika Correa, Cian Dayrit, Chitra Ganesh, José Leonilson, Mrinalini Mukherjee and Angela Su.
Angelina Volk (Emalin, London) will advise on the selection of participants for Focus, the fair’s section for younger galleries, aged 15 years or younger. The section will feature 33 galleries from 19 countries and will be advised by an international committee of gallery peers comprising Stefan Benchoam (Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City), Edouard Malingue (Edouard Malingue, Hong Kong), and Angelina Volk (Emalin, London).
Frieze Talks is curated by Lydia Yee (Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery) and Matthew McLean (Senior Editor, Frieze Studios). Highlights from this year’s programme include Diedrick Brackens (artist), whose narrative tapestries have brought weaving, pioneered at the Bauhaus by the likes of Anni Albers, back to centre stage of contemporary art; a panel discussion taking a critical look at the Bauhaus’ dominance in the art school imagination, including Ute Meta Bauer (NTU Singapore) and Kimathi Donkor (UAL) and chaired by Sam Thorne (Director, Nottingham Contemporary); and a conversation on performance – another key area of innovation for the Bauhaus – with Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė and Lina Lapelytė, the team responsible for the Golden Lion winning Lithuanian pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale. This year’s CAS Curatorial Summit returns with the title ‘It Belongs to Me! Curation, Culture, Censorship and the Resurgent Far Right’, examining institutional resistance to far right politics in Austria, Brazil, Turkey and beyond.
Frieze London is taking place from the 3rd – 6th of October.