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Exhibition – (X) A Fantasy (8 Sept – 9 Dec 2017)

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Opening Reception: Thurs 7 Sept 2017

On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, DRAF presents (X) A Fantasy, a group exhibition co-curated by Vincent Honoré and artist Zoe Williams.

Over the last decade, DRAF has approached each exhibition as a stage for ideas, to produce new contexts for artworks. (X) A Fantasy transforms the gallery spaces into a series of seductive and revulsive environments, loosely evoking a fantasy nightclub, that perform alongside the artworks and live interventions they contain. Over fifty artworks explore the abundant creative possibilities fostered by such spaces, ranging from Baroque decadence and celebration to sleaze and subversion.

The exhibition unites DRAF collaborators from the past decade, including Dora Budor, Celia Hempton, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, Prem Sahib and Danh Vo.  It hosts works by iconic figures such as Helen Chadwick, Derek Jarman, Pierre Molinier, Man Ray, Julian Opie, Jimmy de Sana and Wolfgang Tillmans. At its centre are large-scale commissions by emerging artists Paul MahekeFrance-Lise McGurnUrara Tsuchiya and Zoe Williams. In addition, a programme of sound and video works will be curated for the project.

For the Opening Reception, Williams creates a new performance Ceremony of the Void. Visitors are invited to a voluptuous banquet tableau in DRAF Studio, where performers gorge and share artist-made delicacies.

Thanks to DRAF Galleries Circle for supporting performance at DRAF.

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  • (X) A Fantasy. Drawing by Zoe Williams 2017. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Antoine Levi, Paris
    1/4(X) A Fantasy. Drawing by Zoe Williams 2017. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Antoine Levi, Paris
  • (X) A Fantasy (detail). Drawing by Zoe Williams 2017. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Antoine Levi, Paris
    2/4(X) A Fantasy (detail). Drawing by Zoe Williams 2017. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Antoine Levi, Paris
  • (X) A Fantasy (detail). Drawing by Zoe Williams 2017. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Antoine Levi, Paris
    3/4(X) A Fantasy (detail). Drawing by Zoe Williams 2017. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Antoine Levi, Paris
  • (X) A Fantasy (detail). Drawing by Zoe Williams 2017. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Antoine Levi, Paris
    4/4(X) A Fantasy (detail). Drawing by Zoe Williams 2017. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Antoine Levi, Paris