Frieze Film 2012: Participating Artists Announced


Frieze Film is a programme of artist films screened to coincide with Frieze London. Curated by Sarah McCrory, this year’s commissions include five new films that will be shown in a specially constructed cinema.

The artists commissioned to make new work for Frieze Film are: Bertrand Dezoteux, Patricia Esquivias, Jimmy Merris, John Smith and Wu Tsang & Nana Oforiatta-Ayim.

The artists commissioned this year present a range of film-based practice that loosely deals with ideas including those of history and memory, be it personal or collective. The way narrative is conveyed and constructed around individuals, buildings or objects and place is a theme that runs through the programme via imagined journeys, fictitious events and romantic relationships.

This year Frieze Film will also present an expanded programme of film co- curated by Frieze Foundation and LUX, a UK agency focusing on artists working in moving image. A series of programmes of selected by guest curators will explore ideas surrounding the theme of ‘travesty’.

Commenting on Frieze Film this year, Sarah McCrory said ‘the five newly commissioned artists have varied practices and backgrounds, and are both emerging and established artists. There are some notional connections between the humour in John Smith and Jimmy Merris’ work, and an investigation into place takes two wildly different directions in the work of Patricia Esquivias and Bertrand Dezoteux. Wu Tsang is presenting a new film in collaboration with writer and historian Nana Oforiatta-Ayim – a first time collaboration uniting their interests in otherness and the marginal. I’m extremely happy to be working with LUX again, to produce the programme accompanying the new commissions.’

Frieze Film is presented as part of Frieze London’s unique curated programme. Frieze Film, together with Frieze Projects and Frieze Talks, is commissioned and produced by Frieze Foundation. The tenth edition of Frieze London takes place 11 – 14 October 2012 and is sponsored for the ninth consecutive year by Deutsche Bank.


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