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Frieze Artist Award

Alex Baczynski-Jenkins

The 2018 award winner brings a performance-based work to the fair

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‘The hole together’ part of The tremble, the symptom, the swell and the hole together, Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, 2017, Chisenhale Gallery, London. Photo: Mark Blower

‘The hole together’ part of The tremble, the symptom, the swell and the hole together, Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, 2017, Chisenhale Gallery, London. Photo: Mark Blower

The Frieze Artist Award returns, curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt. A major opportunity for an emerging artist to present a new artwork at the fair, the Frieze Artist Award follows in a rich tradition of artist award commissions at Frieze since 2006, providing early support to artists including Jordan Wolfson, Simon Fujiwara, Rachel Rose and Kiluanji Kia Henda.

For the first time, the Artist Award will focus on performance-based work and the winning artist will benefit from a residency at Delfina Foundation, London. The new partnership with Delfina Foundation provides the artist in residence with an additional opportunity to develop their practice through a greater access to learning, resources and networks.

Aaron Cezar (Director, Delfina Foundation, London) said, ‘Delfina Foundation has had a long-standing commitment to nurturing performance, one of the most popular yet under-supported mediums. We are excited to join forces on the Frieze Artist Award to create a career-defining opportunity for an artist to produce a new performance in one of the most visible platforms in the world.’

The Frieze Artist Award winner was judged by a panel of curators including Diana Campbell Betancourt, Aaron Cezar (Delfina Foundation), Christodoulos Panayiotou (artist) and Kathryn Weir (Pompidou, Paris); chaired by Lewis Gilbert and Tania Doropoulos (both Frieze).

The nominators of the shortlist of artists included: Pablo Leon de la Barra, Mélanie Bouteloup, Sebastian Cichocki, Cosmin Costinas, Martijntje Hallmann, Susan Hapgood, Venus Lau Sau Yee, Chus Martínez, Yvette Mutumba, and Philippe Pirotte.

The 2018 Frieze Artist Award winner is Alex Baczynski-Jenkins

Alex Baczynski-Jenkins (born 1987, London) lives and works in Warsaw and London. Previous solo exhibitions include: Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw (2018) and Chisenhale Gallery, London (2017). He has also presented work at: Migros Museum of Contemporary Art, Zurich (2018); Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (both 2017); Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, New York; Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź (both 2016); and Basel Liste (2014). He is co-founder of feminist and queer project space Kem in Warsaw. Kem have recently realised projects at the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (Kem Care, 2017) and are currently on a one year residency at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art (Three Springs, 2018-2019). He was a fellow at the Home Workspace Program, Beirut between 2012-2013.