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(X) An Evening of Performances + DRAF 10th Anniversary Party at KOKO (Tues 3 Oct 2017)

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7pm – 1am

Venue: KOKO, London NW1 7JE*

DRAF presents an Evening of Performances and spectacular 10th Anniversary Party.  The event takes place on Tues 3 Oct 2017 (during Frieze London week) at historic music venue KOKO, London NW1.

Featuring Marvin Gaye Chetwynd with MEGA HAMMERLast Yearz Interesting Negro aka Jamila Johnson-SmallLina Lapelyte, Kris LemsaluDJ NkisiLaure Prouvost + Trim, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings and more…

All welcome, no booking required.

*Please note: this event will take place off-site at a KOKO, a five-minute walk from DRAF. The increased capacity of the venue will allow swift entry for all.

ARTISTS

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (b. 1973, London) lives in Glasgow, UK. Chetwynd’s practice intertwines performance, sculpture, painting, installation and video. Her work incorporates elements of folk plays, street spectacles, popular culture and Surrealist cinema. Her performances and videos often employ troupes of performers – friends and relatives of the artist – and feature handmade costumes and props. She has performed and exhibited internationally, and was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2012. Recent solo exhibitions include The Stagnant Pool, Gregor Staiger Gallery, Zurich, 2017; Uptight upright, upside down, CCA Glasgow, 2016; JABBA, I’M BACK!, Bergen Assembly 2016, Norway; Cocaine and Caviar, Bergen Assembly 2016, Norway; Camshafts in the Rain, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany, 2016; Bat Opera 2, Massimo de Carlo, Milan, 2015; Hermitos Children2, Studio Voltaire, London, 2014; Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Sadie Coles HQ, London, 2014; Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Nottingham Contemporary, 2014. Recent Group exhibitions include Coming Out, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 2017; Dogsy Ma Bone for Tate Exchange, Liverpool Biennial Tour, London 2016; Diorama: Invention of Illusion, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany, 2017; Room, Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK, 2017; Dogsy Ma Bone for Touchstone, Rochdale, UK, 2017; and Room, Sadie Coles HQ, London, 2017. She is represented by Sadie Coles HQ, London, Massimo de Carlo, Milan and Gregor Steigler, Zurich.

Lina Lapelyte (b. 1984, Lithuania) is an artist living and working in London and Vilnius. Her performance-based practice is rooted in music and flirts with pop culture, gender stereotypes, aging and nostalgia. Lapelyte explores contemporary forms of performativity that are related to rituals of folk, popular music and opera. Her works are fueled by expression, marked by pastiche and grotesque, contextual and conceptual musicality, theatrical suggestibility, stylised visuality. In Autumn 2017 she will have a solo show at Rupert, Vilnius as well the performance night at the FIAC, Paris. Her new collaborative opera Sun and Sea will be shown at the National Gallery in Vilnius and Dresden State theatre. Her recent shows and performances include Malmo Konsthall, Malmo, 2017; MACBA, Barcelona, 2017; Magma, National Gallery of Art, Vilnius, 2017; Why Patterns?, Middleburg, Netherlands, 2017; Baltic Pavilion, Venice Biennial, 2016; Peculiar People, Focal Point Gallery, Southend, UK, 2016; Double Bind, NILO, Reykjavik, 2016;  CA2M, Madrid, 2015; Listening, Hayward touring show, UK, 2015; Block Universe, London, 2015; Park Nights, Serpentine Galleries, London, 2014; Baltic CCA, Newcastle, 2014.

Last Yearz Interesting Negro (b. London) aka Jamila Johnson-Small currently makes dances and works to create spaces (on stage, in corners, on screens, in rooms, in bodies) with no single direction and no clear intentions, harbouring no desire to be useful other than to make gestures towards decentralised power and non-hierarchical structures for existing. Her practice looks to disengage with cultural systems of value that direct and inform style and in which she finds no interest or agreement. She is interested in surfaces, structures and the space/tension between things whilst looking to expose and discuss, the politics, perversities and movement of power within and around structures of production and the production of being. Jamila is one half of duos “immigrants and animals” (now defunct) and “Project O”, and works solo as Last Yearz Interesting Negro. She runs DIY event GUSH at home in London, conversation series HOTLINE with Sara Sassanelli and is happy to collaborate regularly with other artists including Fernanda Munoz-Newsome, Shelley Parker and Phoebe Collings-James. Her solo performance i ride in colour and soft focus no longer anywhere premieres at Fierce Festival (Birmingham) in October 2017.

Nkisi aka Melika Ngombe Kolongo (b. 1985, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo) is an artist raised in Belgium and now living in London. She’s a producer, DJ and co-founder of NON Records, a collective of African artists and artists of the diaspora, using sound as their primary media, to articulate the visible and invisible structures that create binaries in society, and in turn distribute power. She’s a regular at the Endless club night, playing an exciting mix of fast-paced music that draws from many influences (from central and west African club tracks to gabber and doomcore). While producing her own tracks, she goes for a heavily layered, relentless sound, often playing with collective memory. Performances include Corsica Studios, London, 2016; Bold Tendencies, London, 2015; Dance Tunnel, London, 2016; The New Museum, New York, 2016, and a regular spot on NTS London.

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HANNAH QUINLAN AND ROSIE HASTINGS (b. 1991, Newcastle/ London) live and work in London. They graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2014. Their work centers themes of queerness and resistance, and includes an ongoing project @Gaybar, Wherein the artists rematerialise the historic gay bar as a container for queer practice.  Selected solo/duo exhibitions include Fuck Me On The Middle Walk, Truth and Consequences, Geneva, 2017; GENTRIFICATION, presented by Daata Editions and Zuecca Projects, 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, 2016; How to survive a flood @Gaybar, DRAF Studio, London, 2016; Cruising Extinction, @Gaybar, Oslo 10, Basel, 2015; If These Fossils Could Talk They Would Tell You Who Got Fucked and Who Didn’t, Room E10-27, Paris, 2015; Tifkas, Arcadia Missa, London, 2015. Selected group exhibitions include Coming Out, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 2017; Late at Tate, Platinum Paradise (event), Tate Britain, 2017; Utopian Voices Here & Now, Somerset House, London, 2016; No! I Am No Singular Instrument, Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, 2016; Curators’ Series #9: Ways of Living by Arcadia Missa, DRAF, London, 2016; CONDO Cinema (screening), Genesis Cinema, London, 2016; Frieze Art Fair, London, 2016; and S, Arcadia Missa, London, 2015. Forthcoming shows include a solo exhibition at Arcadia Missa, London, 2017, and Queer Thoughts, New York, 2018. They are represented by Arcadia Missa, London and Truth and Consequences, Geneva.

Trim aka Trimbal Tali (b. 1984, London) is a grime MC from East London. After leaving the Roll Deep Crew in 2007, he has taken a path of experimenting different musical sides and standing as an artist on his own. This has led him into challenges such as starting his own collective and label (known as Saom – Secluded Area Of Music), releasing several mixtapes and EPs and collaborations with other musicians such as Skream, Mark Pritchard, Paul White, Ryan Hemsworth, Zdot and, more recently, with James Blake who released Trim’s recent album 1800 Dinosaur presents Trim on his own label.

ABOUT

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, and open free to all. It regularly attracts over 1,000 guests through the course of the night.

Previous Evening of Performances have featured artists including Alexandra Bachzetsis, Nina Beier, John Bock, 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 and Mark Wallinger.

An Evening of Performances is supported by DRAF Galleries Circle: Gagosian, Grimm Gallery, Hauser & Wirth, Kurimanzutto, Lisson Gallery, Kamel Mennour, The Modern Institute, Peres Projects, Sprüth Magers, Timothy Taylor, Michael Werner, White Cube and David Zwirner.

Lina Lapelyte’s participation is supported by Lithuanian Cultural Institute.

Kris Lemsalu’s participation is supported by Koppe Aster, Glasgow, and Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn.

Invitation and poster design by Liam Johnstone. Thanks to Mac and Wild, London.

KOKO

KOKO is an iconic 1,400-capacity live music venue in Camden, London. It first opened as the Camden Theatre in 1900, and transformed several times over the next 100 years. KOKO has hosted stars including Charlie Chaplin, The Rolling Stones, The Sex Pistols, Iron Maiden, The Clash, Grace Jones, The Eurythmics, The Cure, Madness, Madonna, Amy Winehouse, Stormzy, Noel Gallagher, Roxy Music, Squarepusher, Bloc Party, Thom Yorke, Dizzee Rascal, the Chemical Brothers, Lily Allen, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Ed Sheeran, Prince and Kanye West.

It goes without saying, that as venue operators, the ongoing safety of customers, staff and performers is of absolute paramount importance to KOKO, and the management kindly request:

  • Please arrive in good time for your chosen event to allow for the increased security measures on entry to the venue
  • If at any time you notice something that is of concern, please speak to a member of our team immediately, we are here to help
  • Please try and travel as light as possible, without unnecessary bags – if you do need to bring a bag please try to ensure it is small, ideally less than a laptop size or a small handbag if possible.
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  • Design: Liam Johnstone
    1/14Design: Liam Johnstone
  • Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Mega Hammer, performance at Glasgow International, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Sadie Coles HQ, London. Photo: Mark Pinder
    2/14Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Mega Hammer, performance at Glasgow International, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Sadie Coles HQ, London. Photo: Mark Pinder
  • Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Here She Comes. Courtesy the artist and Sadie Coles HQ, London.
    3/14Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Here She Comes. Courtesy the artist and Sadie Coles HQ, London.
  • Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Uptight Upright Upsidedown, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Sadie Coles HQ, London. Photo: Julia Bauer
    4/14Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Uptight Upright Upsidedown, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Sadie Coles HQ, London. Photo: Julia Bauer
  • Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Uptight Upright Upsidedown, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Sadie Coles HQ, London. Photo: Julia Bauer
    5/14Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Uptight Upright Upsidedown, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Sadie Coles HQ, London. Photo: Julia Bauer
  • Lina Lapelyte, Ladies, 2015 (performance/video still). Courtesy the artist and Living Art Museum.
    6/14Lina Lapelyte, Ladies, 2015 (performance/video still). Courtesy the artist and Living Art Museum.
  • Lina Lapelyte, Men on a Wire, Women on a Bench, 2013 (performance for Art Licks). Courtesy the artist. Photo: Limner Studio.
    7/14Lina Lapelyte, Men on a Wire, Women on a Bench, 2013 (performance for Art Licks). Courtesy the artist. Photo: Limner Studio.
  • Portraits of Jamilla Johnson-Small, Photos: Katarzyna Perlak. Image: Carlos Jimenez.
    8/14Portraits of Jamilla Johnson-Small, Photos: Katarzyna Perlak. Image: Carlos Jimenez.
  • Portraits of Jamilla Johnson-Small, Photos: Katarzyna Perlak. Image: Carlos Jimenez.
    9/14Portraits of Jamilla Johnson-Small, Photos: Katarzyna Perlak. Image: Carlos Jimenez.
  • Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, How to Survive a Flood @Gaybar in DRAF Studio, 2016. Courtesy the artists and Arcadia Missa, London. Photo: Max Colson.
    10/14Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, How to Survive a Flood @Gaybar in DRAF Studio, 2016. Courtesy the artists and Arcadia Missa, London. Photo: Max Colson.
  • Laure Prouvost performing A Cuppa Tea with Trim at Hangar Bicocca, Milan, 2017. Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri
    11/14Laure Prouvost performing A Cuppa Tea with Trim at Hangar Bicocca, Milan, 2017. Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri
  • Trim performing A Cuppa Tea with Trim at Hangar Bicocca, Milan, 2017. Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri
    12/14Trim performing A Cuppa Tea with Trim at Hangar Bicocca, Milan, 2017. Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri
  • Portrait of Nkisi. Courtesy Annex Agency
    13/14Portrait of Nkisi. Courtesy Annex Agency
  • Portrait of Nkisi. Courtesy Annex Agency
    14/14Portrait of Nkisi. Courtesy Annex Agency