Focus

Elle Pérez, Janiva Ellis, Danielle Dean

Elle Perez, Untitled, 2018

Elle Perez, Untitled, 2018

For Frieze London 2018, 47 Canal focuses on an urgent and necessary presentation of voices in communities underrepresented in both the art fair - and the art world as a whole - in a moment where the political and institutional dynamics in American and Europe should be up for re-evaluation, decolonized and disrupted. The artists on display include Elle Pérez, Janiva Ellis and Danielle Dean.

Elle Pérez presents a group of five to seven photographs, both in black and white and color. Offering degrees of access to intimate scenes, Pérez underscores the political weight of visibility and, in turn, representation. With a gaze privileging care and particularity over documentary distance, they suggest how an image might reflect, rather than stifle, the shifting nature of identity and desire.

Danielle Dean series of new collages from her exhibition currently on view at Lafayette Anticipations, Paris will be on display at Frieze London. Dean’s new video Bazar examines a century of the store’s annual catalogues for mail-order selling, the artist selected key household items (coffee mills, washing machines, outdoor furniture, camping tents...) associated with the construction of the “typical” French family lifestyle over the course of the 20th century. Bazar seeks to deconstruct the gender roles assigned by these objects, as well as the imaginaries of race and class they evoke.

Also showing, are two new works by Janiva Ellis. Ellis’s works communicate the isolation and pain of the African-American female experience, since her solo show at the gallery in June 2017 Ellis’ work has developed a wide audience and she was included in this year’s New Museum Triennial.