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  • Oct 04, 2019

Roundup From Frieze London 2019

SHEZAD DAWOOD’s University of NonDualism (2019) at Frieze Live. Choreography by Adrienne Hart / Neon Dance; performed by Pepa Ubera and Devaraj Thimmaiah; score by patten; costumes by Priya Ahluwalia / Ahluwalia Studio; produced by Miranda Sharp and Sara Thorsen Fredborg for Ubik Productions; commissioned by Diana Campbell Betancourt; supported by the Bagri Foundation. Courtesy the artist.

Frieze London 2019 was the most international edition yet, with more than 160 gallery participants from 35 countries, including many first-time participants from Asia. Silverlens (Manila), 1335Mabini (Manila), and Blindspot Gallery (Hong Kong) made their debuts in the “Woven” section, curated by Cosmin Costinas from Hong Kong’s Para Site. The thematic area, initiated last year, turned the fair’s attention to textiles, showcasing eight artists who deploy material, in part, to face the legacies of imperialism. This worked well for 1335Mabini, whose solo presentation of multimedia artist Cian Dayrit’s conceptually and visually loaded tapestries were well on their way to selling out by the end of the first day. A few booths away, Jhaveri Contemporary’s (Mumbai) display of textile artist Monika Correa’s monochromatic wall hangings emphasized their elegance and stature. A reflection of Correa’s finesse and aptitude for innovative loom work, the threads are left to free themselves from the warp and weft. 


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