Frieze Artist Award

Mélanie Metranga

2014 winner realises a new site specific work at Frieze London

Courtesy: Polly Braden/Frieze; photo: by Polly Braden

Courtesy: Polly Braden/Frieze; photo: by Polly Braden

The Frieze Artist Award is a major new initiative, inviting an emerging artist to realise a new site-specific work at Frieze London as part of the critically acclaimed Frieze Projects programme. The winner of the inaugural Frieze Artist Award was Mélanie Matranga.

Matranga created a series of online videos called ‘From A to B through E’ that follow a young artistic couple as they negotiate ‘freedom, success and the proper functioning of a couple’. The episodes were filmed during the construction of the fair itself, within a purpose-built café that Matranga designed for use by Frieze London’s visitors. The narrative structure of the videos focuses on the simultaneous construction of both the couple’s relationship and the set of the café.


Matranga was included in castillo/corrales’ group exhibition ‘The Issues of Our Time’, Paris (2013), which travelled to Artists Space, New York (2014). She has also been nominated for the Prize Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard / Art Contemporain 2014.

The selection committee for the Frieze Artist Award 2014 was Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen (Directors, gta Exhibitions), Nicola Lees (Curator, Frieze Projects) and Hilary Lloyd (artist).

Frieze London took place 15–18 October 2014 in Regent’s Park, London and presented over 160 of the world’s leading contemporary galleries. Frieze London is sponsored by Deutsche Bank.

Additional support has been provided by Fluxus Art Projects