Start your day with Frieze London’s Focus section, featuring presentations by galleries aged 12 years or younger: Los Angeles’s Various Small Fires (VSF) presents ‘Mane’, a selection of works by Julie Curtiss, Robin F. Williams and Amy Yao focused on the politics and representation of female hair; Mumbai’s Jhaveri Contemporary shows new work by Hardeep Pandhal incorporating ink drawings and textiles; and Beijing’s Magician Space features artist Liu Ding’s parallel ‘writing’ projects, weaving visual and literary references across paper collages and silk banners.
Don’t miss Live, the fair’s section for performance and participation. Highlights include Julia Scher’s performance Guards, Hidden Camera, in which elderly women dressed in the artist’s pink security guard uniforms roam the fair; in various locations, Camille Henrot’s installation of simplified telephones offers unconventional and unhelpful self-help hotlines, taking you through a labyrinthine series of questions and prompts; and Otobong Nkanga’s Contained Measures of Shifting States invites you to engage in a dialogue about the intangibilities of memory and perception.
At 12:30pm, take a seat in the auditorium for artist Kemang Wa Lehulere in conversation with writer and editor Sean O’Toole. The South African artist discusses his layered practice, and how it intersects with his activist and familial experiences.
Alternatively at Frieze Masters Talks, Lisa Reihana is in conversation with Megan Tamat-Quennell at 12pm, and Amy Sillman is in conversation with Lynne Cooke at 3pm – as part of a specially curated programmme of all-women speakers to commemorate the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK and the seventh edition of Frieze Masters magazine.
Over at Frieze London, Frieze Film screens new commissions by The Otolith Group, Paul Pfeiffer and Lucy Raven – in a film programme that explores natural, technological and psychological means of mass communication and control, at 3pm in the auditorium.
Then later at 4:30pm, don’t miss iconic artist Nan Goldin discussing the intensely personal aspects of her practice, as well as her recent activism, as founder of activist group P.A.I.N. (Painkiller Addiction Intervention Now). She will be in conversation with writer Linda Yablonsky in the auditorium.
Don’t forget to drop by the Reading Room to browse a curated selection of the world’s best culture and lifestyle magazines, and specialist art titles at Koenig Books.
And if you’ve been lucky enough to get your hands on a ticket, join us for Frieze Music with Bang & Olufsen, in celebration of the UK premiere of Kahlil Joseph’s Fly Paper at ‘Strange Days: Memories of The Future’ at The Store X.
Check back during the week for more of the day-by-day guide to London’s most significant art week.
Main image: Tatiane Trouvé, The Shaman, 2018, at kamel mennour, Frieze London 2018. Courtesy: Frieze; Linda Nylind