Louise O’Kelly invited by DRAF as Guest Curator for An Evening of Performances during Frieze London

We are delighted to announce that Louise O’Kelly, Founder and Director of the performance art festival Block Universe, is invited by DRAF as guest curator of our much anticipated annual Evening of Performances during Frieze London.

On 3rd October, DRAF will present commissions from the artists Marijke de Roover, FlucTKai Isaiah-Jamal, Hannah Perry, Jimmy Robert andHaroon Mirza in collaboration with GAIKA and Jack Jelfs.

In an era of increasing conservatism, the 12th Edition of DRAF’s Evening of Performances looks to push boundaries through a questioning of the politics of display and censorship. Taking place alongside Frieze Art Fair, new commissions and specially adapted works will reflect upon performed identities and representations of the body within art. Through spoken word, choreography, video and sound-based practices, performances will highlight the importance of alternative subcultures in finding new forms of resistance and creating spaces for freedom of expression.

Touching upon the personal and political, writer and poet Kai-Isaiah Jamal will perform a new spoken-word piece, whilst Marijke de Roover shares an excerpt of her new opera with a playful take on pop culture. Performance duo FlucT’s highly charged performance will embody imposed systems of power and control. The programme will also feature major new commissions from Jimmy Robert questioning the politics of spectatorship and Hannah Perry exploring the relationship of the body to sculpture, whilst collaborators Haroon Mirza, Jack Jelfs and GAIKA will present a new iteration of The Wave Epoch, bringing belief systems and club culture together for a performative installation.

Tues 3 Oct 2019, 7.30pm–til late 
Ministry of Sound, 103 Gaunt St, London SE1 6DP
The event is open free to the public, and coincides with Frieze London.

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Marijke De Roover (1990) is a Belgian artist working with video, text and performance. Her work focuses on the meaning of identities and the performative aspect of their creation, touching upon social and political constructs. She graduated from KASK School of Arts, Ghent, in Belgium (2013) where she was nominated for the Start Point Prize. Among other institutions, De Roover exhibited at BOZAR (Brussels), Mu.ZEE, (Ostend), Museum Angewandte Kunst (Frankfurt) and Beursschouwburg (Brussels). In September she will be part of Bergen Assembly, in Norway.

FlucT, established in 2010, is the collaborative work of Sigrid Lauren (1986) and Monica Mirabile (1988) addressing the authorities of control specific to the United States Americans’ consumerism and its social programming. Together, Mirabile and Lauren create duets, video installation, original scores, sculpture, and choreography. They have performed and exhibited at the Guggenheim (New York), The Broad Museum (LA), Miami Art Basel, SIGNAL (New York), Queens Museum (New York) and Andrea Rosen Gallery (New York).

Kai-Isaiah Jamal (1996) is a London born, Leeds-based spoken word poet, performer, writer, model and trans visibility activist. He works alongside institutions and brands to bring a voice to the misrepresented or unrepresented QTIPOC (Queer, Transgender and Intersex People of Colour). Having worked with Tate, Dazed, Vice, ID, BBZ and Stella McCartney, his work disrupts the cis-het normality and aims to diversify the literature sphere with young, working class, queer and trans magic that he wishes he could have had access to growing up.

Haroon Mirza (1977) is a British visual artist creating installations that test the interplay and friction between sound and electromagnetic waves. Mirza devises sculptures, performances and immersive installations. In 2004, he founded hrm199: a collaborative platform where people from a diverse range of disciplines can intertwine their practices. Among other institutions, Mirza has exhibited and performed at the New Museum (New York), the Camden Arts Centre (London) and the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011, where he was awarded the Silver Lion.

Gaika Tavares, better known simply as GAIKA, is a British artist and writer from South London. Drawing strongly from his Brixton upbringing and his Jamaican and Grenadian heritage, Gaika’s grime, dancehall, and R&B-inflected songs push radical political commentary about the racial, economic, and social inequalities in the UK and abroad. Gaika has released two independent mixtapes – Machine and Security – as well as a Warp Records-released EP, Spaghetto and a series of release on his own concept label The Spectacular Empire.

Jack Jelfs (1977) is a British artist whose work combines sculptural, video and text elements with electronics and live performance. His interests include questions about the nature of consciousness, ontology, ritual, divinatory systems and the limits of language. He has released music under various aliases and performed or exhibited at venues including Tate Modern (London), the Barbican (London), Serpentine Gallery (London), FACT (Liverpool) and CCCB (Barcelona).

Hannah Perry (1984) is a British visual artist working in installation, sculpture and video. In her practice, Perry draws inspiration from personal experience, the testimony of others and the accelerated nature of our hyper-technological times. Recent solo exhibitions include: Kunstverein in Hamburg, (Hamburg), Somerset House, (London), Towner Gallery, (Eastbourne), Künstlerhaus, (Graz), Contemporary Fine Arts, (Berlin), Arsenal Contemporary Gallery, (New York), Arsenal Montreal, (Montreal).

Jimmy Robert (1975) is a French artist working with diverse media including photography, collages, objects, film and performance art. In previous works, Robert has explored the politics of spectatorship by reworking seminal avant-garde performances in ways that complicate their racial and gendered readings. Among other institutions, Robert’s work has been presented at Tate Britain (London), MoMA (New York), Jeu de Paume (Paris) and Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago).

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An Evening of Performances is an annual highlight in DRAF’s programme, bringing together artists, musicians and choreographers for an evening of live artworks. The event is both a key moment in the Frieze VIP diary, open and free to all.

Previous Evening of Performances have featured artists including Alexandra Bachzetsis, Nina Beier, John Bock, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Michael Dean, Rodney Graham & Kim Gordon, Pierre Huyghe, Sarah Lucas, Goshka Macuga, planningtorock, Eddie Peake, Laure Prouvost, Steve Reich, Cally Spooner, Sue Tompkins, Amalia Ulman, Mark Wallinger, Fiona Banner, Martin Creed, Das Hund and Grace Schwindt.

An Evening of Performances is supported by DRAF Galleries Circle.

 

  • Left: Portrait of Louise O'Kelly, 2018. Photo: Louise Greidinger. Right: Jimmy Robert, It’s not lame…it’s Lamé, Archival ink-jet print, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin
    1/7Left: Portrait of Louise O'Kelly, 2018. Photo: Louise Greidinger. Right: Jimmy Robert, It’s not lame…it’s Lamé, Archival ink-jet print, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin
  • Portrait of the artist Marijke de Roover at Frieze London 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Vogue UK. Photo: Mehdi Lacoste.
    2/7Portrait of the artist Marijke de Roover at Frieze London 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Vogue UK. Photo: Mehdi Lacoste.
  • Portrait of Fluct (Sigrid Lauren and Monica Mirabile's collaborative duo). Courtesy of the artists. Photo: Rita Minissi
    3/7Portrait of Fluct (Sigrid Lauren and Monica Mirabile's collaborative duo). Courtesy of the artists. Photo: Rita Minissi
  • Portrait of Kai-Isaiah Jamal. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Gabby Drew
    4/7Portrait of Kai-Isaiah Jamal. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Gabby Drew
  • Haroon Mirza, performing at Lisson Gallery, September 2018. Courtesy of hrm199 and Lisson Gallery. Photo: Ceara McEvoy
    5/7Haroon Mirza, performing at Lisson Gallery, September 2018. Courtesy of hrm199 and Lisson Gallery. Photo: Ceara McEvoy
  • Hannah Perry, Gush,Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, 2018. Courtesy of the artist
    6/7Hannah Perry, Gush,Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, 2018. Courtesy of the artist
  • Jimmy Robert, Metallica, 2018. Courtesy of the artist; Tanya Leighton, Berlin; and Stigter van Doesburg, Amsterdam. Photo: Florian Braakman
    7/7Jimmy Robert, Metallica, 2018. Courtesy of the artist; Tanya Leighton, Berlin; and Stigter van Doesburg, Amsterdam. Photo: Florian Braakman