DRAF presents (X) A Fantasy, an exhibition of new commissions and works by historical and contemporary artists. With Dora Budor, Helen Chadwick, Keren Cytter, Jimmy DeSana, Theaster Gates, Harry Gruyaert, Celia Hempton, Melike Kara, Tala Madani, Paul Maheke, France-Lise McGurn, Pierre Molinier, Julian Opie, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, Megan Rooney, Prem Sahib, Wolfgang Tillmans, Danh Vo and Zoe Williams.
When does the individual experience become a political statement? Over thirty artworks explore the subversion of the quotidian and the transgression of boundaries between public and private spheres. Living, eating, dancing, seducing, reading, watching films, going online; the exhibition traces how individual and collective engagements make the political personal.
Dora Budor, rinforzado, allegro ma non troppo, strepitoso, 2017.
Courtesy of the artist and New Galerie, Paris.
Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, D.I.N.K (Double income no kids) #3, 2016, and Tifkas, 2015. Courtesy the artists and Arcadia Missa, London/David Roberts Collection, London.
France-Lise McGurn, At the end of the day, it’s night, 2017 (details). Courtesy the artist.
Theaster Gates, A Roof for the Middle Class, 2012 (detail). David Roberts Collection, London. Courtesy the artist.
Melike Kara, Love Story, 2017. Courtesy the artist and David Roberts Collection, London.
Megan Rooney, Everywhere Been There, 2017 (details). Courtesy the artist and Seventeen, London.
On the occasion of the Opening Reception, the exhibition was activated with artists’ performances. Hannah Regel presented her text work How to fill a room, with soundtrack by Hannah Regel and Luke Walker, with thanks to the Wellcome Collection. Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome presented something orange: our bodies slip slide through knowing, a new choreography “unravelling the in-between spaces of our private and public bodies”, performed by Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome and Jamila Johnson-Small, sound production by Nick Owen, Pumarosa.
Upstairs in DRAF Studio, artist Zoe Williams presents her ambitious commission ‘Ceremony of the Void’, a voluptuous banquet inviting visitors to experience her fantastical immersive environment and large-scale performance involving artist-made delicacies, musicians, performers, video projections and new ceramic sculptures. New costumes have been designed by Hydra Sartorial Latex. Musicians: Patchfinder, Viki Steiri, Dario Papavassiliou. Performers: Mensah A. Bonsu, Freya Field-Donovan, Pegah Tahmasebi, Susu Laroche, Deniz Unal, Nadja Voorham.
(X) A Fantasy will be the last exhibition in DRAF’s Camden space. Following ten years of exhibitions and performances in London, the Foundation’s ambitions are expanding to include projects in different sites across the UK, reaching new and broader audiences.
Trawling through the digital sphere’s ‘ocean of signs’, Katja Novitskova creates immersive environments inhabited by a luminous bestiary. She is known for her dramatic, cutout images of animals at play with representations from financial and scientific sources. Whitechapel Gallery, London