Press Release

Frieze Projects 2016 Artists Announced

London, United Kingdom



Frieze today announces the participating artists for Frieze Projects at Frieze London, 6–9 October 2016. Curated for the first time by Raphael Gygax (Mi­gros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich), this year’s non-profit programme of new artist commissions is inspired by questions surrounding human relation­ships and the transformative potential of art. Frieze Projects and the Frieze Art­ist Award are supported by the LUMA Foundation for the second consecutive year.

Sibylle Berg & Claus Richter, Coco Fusco, Martin Soto Climent, Julie Verhoeven, Samson Young and Frieze Artist Award-winner Yuri Pattison will realize thought-provoking projects spanning literature, dance, theatre and sound composition. Taking place throughout Frieze London, the programme also presents Operndorf Afrika (Opera Village Africa), an arts project initiated in 2009 by German film and theatre director and artist Christoph Schlingensief (1960–2010).

Curator Raphael Gygax said, ‘An art fair can be described as a climax of com­munication, a heyday of social interactions with incredible transformative po­tential. It seems obvious to think about the meaning of relationships when you visit an art fair today, and this year’s edition of Frieze Projects features artistic collaborations with a strong performative aspect – moments of human and artistic empowerment. Frieze Projects 2016 brings together artists from different generations and regions to share their visions of human life, from Sibylle Berg & Claus Richter’s darkly comic puppet theatre, to Coco Fusco’s performance lecture on predatory behaviour, to Operndorf Afrika’s blurring of artistic produc­tion, everyday life and education. I hope the stories told by Frieze Projects this year will transform the audience’s empathic sympathy into a greater reflection on new ideas.’

  •  For the first time, the award-winning German writer Sibylle Berg will collaborate with artist Claus Richter to create an experimental puppet theatre, with daily performances which explore, with humour, the sinister future of humankind.
  •  Mexican artist Martin Soto Climent will realize his first-ever performative sculpture, constructing a large, spider web-like installation made of tights which will then be animated by acrobatic dancers who seem to coax the viewer into a Surrealist dream.
  •   London-based artist Julie Verhoeven’s ‘hospitable’ intervention will transform one of the fair’s bathrooms into a playful ‘total artwork’.
  •  In a one-off performance at the fair, the internationally acclaimed Cuban/American artist Coco Fusco will present the UK premiere of Observations of Predation in Humans:A Lecture by Dr. Zira, co-commissioned with Liverpool Biennial
  • The Hong Kong-based artist and composer Samson Young will invite visitors to escape into a ‘multimedia walk’ through the fair, immersed in a fictional world of sound. 
  • With the installation presenting the Operndorf Afrika (Opera Village Africa), the audience will have the chance to discover the arts project located near Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso initiated by German film/theatre director Christoph Schlingensief (1960–2010). The highly discussed project is run as a non-profit organisation led by Aino Laberenz.
  • This year’s Frieze Artist Award-winner Yuri Pattison will observe the political implications of ‘trending’ technology in our digitalized world by installing a ‘networked artwork’ throughout the fair. 


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