Focus at Frieze London 2019

Explore ambitious new projects by emerging artists from around the world including Karon Davis, Joy Labinjo and Kembra Pfahler

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Focus, the fair’s section for galleries aged 16 years or younger, continues to evolve as a platform for younger voices in the art community. Featuring 33 galleries from 19 countries, highlights for the Focus section at Frieze London 2019 include:

Joy Labinjo – ahead of her solo exhibition at BALTIC, Newcastle in October 2019 – with work informed by the artist’s British-Nigerian heritage (Tiwani Contemporary, London);

Joy Labinjo, Untitled, 2017, Oil, acrylic and household paint on canvas, 140 ×  × 160 cm, Courtesy of Tiwani Contemporary

Joy Labinjo, Untitled, 2017, Oil, acrylic and household paint on canvas, 140 ×  × 160 cm, Courtesy of Tiwani Contemporary

A solo by New York-based Troy Michie focused on African American and Latinx cultural experience, immigration and queerness (Company Gallery, New York);

Canadian artist Kapwani Kiwanga’s solo project commenting on “A Law for Regulating Negro and Indian Slaves in the Night Time” passed in 1713 (Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin);

Artist, filmmaker and writer Sophia Al-Maria’s solo installation, coinciding with her Art Now show at Tate Britain (Project Native Informant, London);

Tang Dixin’s latest iteration of his ongoing performance project Rest is the Best Way of Revolution (AIKE, Shanghai) employing live bodycasts;

A presentation of plaster sculptures by Los Angeles-based artist Karon Davis together with paintings by Californian artist Gary Lang (Wilding Cran, Los Angeles);

Karon Davis, James and Baby Girl Star (detail)  REP, 2018, Plaster strips, chicken wire, steel armature, glass eyes, 140 ×  × 71 × 86 cm, Courtesy of Wilding Cran Gallery

Karon Davis, James and Baby Girl Star (detail)  REP, 2018, Plaster strips, chicken wire, steel armature, glass eyes, 140 ×  × 71 × 86 cm, Courtesy of Wilding Cran Gallery 

Performance artist, filmmaker and musician Kembra Pfahler’s solo presentation with Emalin (London), combining Future Feminism and the underground scenes from 1970s’ Los Angeles and 1980s’ New York;

An installation by Nicholas Pope, entitled Yahweh and The Seraphim, conceived as a non-denominational chapel, and continuing the artist’s overarching body of work exploring belief and lived experience (The Sunday Painter, London); and

A solo project by Rolf Nowotny, who will recreate the former home and garden of his grandmother, to explore how dementia challenges our conception of subjecthood (Christian Andersen, Copenhagen)

Rolf Nowotny, Dementia, 2019, Mixed media, 0 ×  cm, Courtesy of David Dale Gallery and Christian Andersen. Photo: Max Slaven

Rolf Nowotny, Dementia, 2019, Mixed media, 0 ×  cm, Courtesy of David Dale Gallery and Christian Andersen. Photo: Max Slaven

For the first time, the Focus section is 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).

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