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Exhibition – (X) A Fantasy (8 Sept – 7 Oct 2017)

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(X) A Fantasy
8 Sept – 7 Oct 2017

 

DRAF presents  (X) A Fantasyan exhibition of new commissions and works by historical and contemporary artists. With Dora Budor, Helen Chadwick, Keren Cytter, Jimmy DeSana, Theaster Gates, Harry Gruyaert, Celia Hempton, Melike Kara, Tala Madani, Paul MahekeFrance-Lise McGurn, Pierre Molinier, Julian Opie, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, Megan Rooney, Prem Sahib, Wolfgang Tillmans, Danh Vo and Zoe Williams.

When does the individual experience become a political statement? Over thirty artworks explore the subversion of the quotidian and the transgression of boundaries between public and private spheres. Living, eating, dancing, seducing, reading, watching films, going online; the exhibition traces how individual and collective engagements make the political personal.

On the occasion of the Opening Reception, the exhibition is activated with artists’ performances. Hannah Regel present her text work How to fill a room, with soundtrack by Hannah Regel and Luke Walker, with thanks to the Wellcome Collection. Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome presents something orange: our bodies slip slide through knowing, a new choreography “unravelling the in-between spaces of our private and public bodies”, performed by Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome and Jamila Johnson-Small, sound production by Nick Owen, Pumarosa.

Upstairs in DRAF Studio, artist Zoe Williams presents her ambitious commission Ceremony of the Void, a voluptuous banquet inviting visitors to experience her fantastical immersive environment and large-scale performance involving artist-made delicacies, musicians, performers, video projections and new ceramic sculptures. New costumes have been designed by Hydra Sartorial Latex. This unique performance will take place during the Opening Reception. Musicians: Patchfinder, Viki Steiri, Dario Papavassiliou. Performers: Mensah A. Bonsu, Freya Field-Donovan, Pegah Tahmasebi, Susu Laroche, Deniz Unal, Nadja Voorham.

We finish the evening with an afterparty in DRAF Studio, including a performance by Urara Tsuchiya and a DJ set by collaborative project and artists New Noveta.

(X) A Fantasy will be the last exhibition in DRAF’s Camden space. Following ten years of exhibitions and performances in London, the Foundation’s ambitions are expanding to include projects in different sites across the UK, reaching new and broader audiences. The exhibition continues to 7 Oct, and will exceptionally be open Mon 2 – Sat 7 Oct, 12–6pm during Frieze London in the final week. This exhibition is curated by Vincent Honoré (Chief Curator, DRAF) and Sandra Pusterhofer (Curator, DRAF).

DRAF Studio is supported by Arts Council England and DRAF Galleries Circle.

With thanks to the Canadian High Commission to the United Kingdom for their support.

Thanks also to in-kind supporters of the performance Ceremony of the Void: perfume provided by Nishane, Istanbul; costumes by Hydra Sartorial Latex; ceramic works produced by Rochester Square; and Suze Saveur d’Autrefois liqueur provided by Pernod-Ricard.

Media partner: CURA.

 

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  • Installation view of (X) A Fantasy at DRAF, 2017. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    1/25Installation view of (X) A Fantasy at DRAF, 2017. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • Dora Budor, rinforzado, allegro ma non troppo, stepitoso, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and New Galerie, Paris. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    2/25Dora Budor, rinforzado, allegro ma non troppo, stepitoso, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and New Galerie, Paris. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • Dora Budor, rinforzado, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and New Galerie, Paris. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    3/25Dora Budor, rinforzado, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and New Galerie, Paris. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • Dora Budor, strepitoso, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and New Galerie, Paris. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    4/25Dora Budor, strepitoso, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and New Galerie, Paris. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • Installation view of (X) A Fantasy at DRAF, 2017. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    5/25Installation view of (X) A Fantasy at DRAF, 2017. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • Jimmy DeSana, Gauze, 1979 and Celia Hempton, Kamal, 2016. Courtesy The Jimmy
DeSana Trust and Amanda Wilkinson Gallery, London. (Copyright The Jimmy DeSana Trust) /
Courtesy Celia Hempton and Southard Reid, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch.
    6/25Jimmy DeSana, Gauze, 1979 and Celia Hempton, Kamal, 2016. Courtesy The Jimmy DeSana Trust and Amanda Wilkinson Gallery, London. (Copyright The Jimmy DeSana Trust) / Courtesy Celia Hempton and Southard Reid, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch.
  • Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, D.I.N.K (Double income no kids) #3, 2016, and
Tifkas, 2015. Courtesy the artists and Arcadia Missa, London/David Roberts Collection,
London. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    7/25Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, D.I.N.K (Double income no kids) #3, 2016, and Tifkas, 2015. Courtesy the artists and Arcadia Missa, London/David Roberts Collection, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • Installation view of (X) A Fantasy at DRAF, 2017. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    8/25Installation view of (X) A Fantasy at DRAF, 2017. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • France-Lise McGurn, At the end of the day, it’s night, 2017 (detail) and Paul Maheke, The
dance floor could never be a story with one voice. The Dance floor is packed with stories all
pulsating with their own experiences and needs, 2017 (detail). Courtesy France-Lise McGurn /
Paul Maheke and Galerie Sultana, Paris. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    9/25France-Lise McGurn, At the end of the day, it’s night, 2017 (detail) and Paul Maheke, The dance floor could never be a story with one voice. The Dance floor is packed with stories all pulsating with their own experiences and needs, 2017 (detail). Courtesy France-Lise McGurn / Paul Maheke and Galerie Sultana, Paris. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • France-Lise McGurn, At the end of the day, it’s night, 2017 (detail). Courtesy the artist. Photo:
Tim Bowditch
    10/25France-Lise McGurn, At the end of the day, it’s night, 2017 (detail). Courtesy the artist. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • France-Lise McGurn, At the end of the day, it’s night, 2017 (detail). Courtesy the artist. Photo:
Tim Bowditch
    11/25France-Lise McGurn, At the end of the day, it’s night, 2017 (detail). Courtesy the artist. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • Julian Opie, Statue of
Shahnoza, 2007. David
Roberts Collection, London.
Courtesy the artist. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    12/25Julian Opie, Statue of Shahnoza, 2007. David Roberts Collection, London. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • Theaster Gates, A Roof for the Middle Class, 2012. David Roberts Collection, London.
Courtesy the artist. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    13/25Theaster Gates, A Roof for the Middle Class, 2012. David Roberts Collection, London. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • Theaster Gates, A Roof for the Middle Class, 2012 (detail). David Roberts Collection,
London. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    14/25Theaster Gates, A Roof for the Middle Class, 2012 (detail). David Roberts Collection, London. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • Installation view of (X) A Fantasy at DRAF, 2017. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    15/25Installation view of (X) A Fantasy at DRAF, 2017. Photo: Tim Bowditch
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    16/25Installation view of (X) A Fantasy at DRAF, 2017. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • Installation views of (X) A Fantasy at DRAF, 2017. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    17/25Installation views of (X) A Fantasy at DRAF, 2017. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • Zoe Williams, PEL III, 2017 (installation), Helen Chadwick, Meat Abstract No.1: Black Sun,
1989 and Meat Abstract No.8 Goldball/Steak, 1989. Courtesy Zoe Williams and Antoine Levi, Paris
/ the Estate of Helen Chadwick and Richard Saltoun Gallery, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    18/25Zoe Williams, PEL III, 2017 (installation), Helen Chadwick, Meat Abstract No.1: Black Sun, 1989 and Meat Abstract No.8 Goldball/Steak, 1989. Courtesy Zoe Williams and Antoine Levi, Paris / the Estate of Helen Chadwick and Richard Saltoun Gallery, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch
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    19/25Installation views of (X) A Fantasy at DRAF, 2017. Photo: Tim Bowditch
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    20/25Installation view of (X) A Fantasy at DRAF, 2017. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • Megan Rooney, Everywhere Been There, 2017 and Keren Cytter, Der Spiegel, 2007 (video).
Courtesy Megan Rooney and Seventeen, London / Keren Cytter and David Roberts Collection,
London. Photo: Tim Bowditch.
    21/25Megan Rooney, Everywhere Been There, 2017 and Keren Cytter, Der Spiegel, 2007 (video). Courtesy Megan Rooney and Seventeen, London / Keren Cytter and David Roberts Collection, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch.
  • Megan Rooney, Everywhere Been There, 2017 (detail). Courtesy the artist and Seventeen,
London. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    22/25Megan Rooney, Everywhere Been There, 2017 (detail). Courtesy the artist and Seventeen, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • Megan Rooney, Everywhere Been There, 2017 (detail). Courtesy the artist and Seventeen,
London. Photo: Tim Bowditch
    23/25Megan Rooney, Everywhere Been There, 2017 (detail). Courtesy the artist and Seventeen, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch
  • Melike Kara, Love Story, 2017, Tala Madani, Piss Smiley, 2011 (left), Megan Rooney,
Everywhere Been There, 2017 (installation, detail). Courtesy Melike Kara and David Roberts
Collection, London / Tala Madani and Pilar Corrias, London / Megan Rooney and Seventeen,
London. Photo: Tim Bowditch.
    24/25Melike Kara, Love Story, 2017, Tala Madani, Piss Smiley, 2011 (left), Megan Rooney, Everywhere Been There, 2017 (installation, detail). Courtesy Melike Kara and David Roberts Collection, London / Tala Madani and Pilar Corrias, London / Megan Rooney and Seventeen, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch.
  • Melike Kara, Love Story, 2017. Courtesy the artist and David Roberts Collection, London.
Photo: Tim Bowditch
    25/25Melike Kara, Love Story, 2017. Courtesy the artist and David Roberts Collection, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch