This Frieze London edition broaches some of the most interesting and thought provoking topics, discussing interactions between art, politics, design and environment in 8 inspiring talks.
Here are some of our must-visit highlights:
If you believe art has the ability to comprise political power you should definitely listen to installation and performance artist Tania Bruguera. Having dealt with detention from her own country, she takes the stage to talk about her politically motivated practice and her belief that if it is to be political, art must have consequences.
In an era where anyone can do anything, what happens when artists no longer have the financial tools to express their creativity? Justin Simons OBE, head of Culture at the Greater London Authority leads this discussion, addressing London’s redevelopment and rising costs of real estate and how it puts pressure on the city’s artists.
Fashion lovers will leave the art fair more than satisfied, having the opportunity to listen to renowned fashion designer and activist Vivienne Westwood about her changing relationship between art and her practice, addressing a.o.i. her commitment to environmental and social activism. As for rising talent, Frieze has selected Anicka Yi to talk about her ambition to make art a sensorial experience, going back and forward with Darian Leader, psychoanalyst and author of e.g. ‘Stealing the Mona Lisa’.
Other personalities providing contemporary art fans with food for thought are Fionna Banner, Emily King, Metahaven, Justin McGuirk, Viv Albertine, Gregor Muir and Adrian Searle.