I am very happy to see the emphasis on an intergenerational mix of artists in Focus, and the number of Asian artists represented: both established and less well known. I am looking forward to seeing the presentation by Yin-Ju Chen (Chi-Wen Gallery, Taipei, G25) – the third part of her recent ongoing project on struggles against state violence; she is steadily developing a language that can embrace the cosmic while unleashing repressed earthbound histories. The work has been at the most recent Sydney and Shanghai biennales, and it’s great that it’s coming to London, where it’s more rarely shown.
The joint presentation of mother-and- daughter pair Vivian Suter and Elisabeth Wild (Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City, H21) should be excellent. Both conceptually and in terms of process, their practices exist in an exquisite relationship: they were presented together at Kunsthalle Basel, and I think it’s great that this level of display can be attempted at Frieze London. Another intergenerational dynamic I’m intrigued by is the pairing of Bracha L Ettinger and Lee Relvas (Callicoon Fine Arts, New York, H34): to prioritize feminist practices like these and to reference Ettinger’s own published writings is a really ambitious gesture for the gallery – and that should make for a quite beautiful presentation.
First published in Issue 3