in Frieze Seoul , News | 09 AUG 22

Frieze Film, Talks & Gallery Nights: Revealing the Frieze Seoul Program

The launch edition includes film screenings co-curated by WESS and GYOPO, a Talks series in collaboration with Kiaf Seoul, and Frieze Week gallery activations

in Frieze Seoul , News | 09 AUG 22

Frieze has revealed programming details for the inaugural edition Frieze Seoul, the fair taking place on 2 - 5 September, 2022 at COEX in the Gangnam district of the city. Frieze Seoul launches alongside Kiaf SEOUL, operated by the Galleries Association of Korea. Together, the two fairs will together celebrate the creative spirit of the city.

Alongside Frieze Seoul’s participating galleries, and the Frieze Masters and Focus Asia sections of the fair, the curated program will foreground some of the most exciting artists and prescient issues in the international art world today. Central to this year’s line-up is a dedicated program of Frieze Film, co-curated by two artistic collectives, GYOPO and WESS, which will be screened at two off-site venues. The fair will also feature a joint Talks program, presented in association with Kiaf SEOUL, taking place at COEX.


Curated by two art non-profits, GYOPO (Los Angeles) and WESS (Seoul), Frieze Film will feature the work of ten local and diasporic Korean artists and span two locations near Gyeongbokgung Palace, Together Together and Magjib. The program, titled I Am My Own Other, will explore themes such as the effects of technology on the ideation of self; the framing of nationhood; societal conformity; and gender and racial identities within the context of migration and hypercapitalism. With work dating from 2015 up to the present day, I Am My Own Other will bring together some of the most critically acclaimed contemporary artists from across Korea and its diaspora working in time-based media, including: Jeamin Cha, Seo Young Chang, Jisoo Chung, 업체 eobchae, Minki Hong, Donghyun and Sea Jung Kwon, Nikki S. Lee, Jaye Rhee, LaRissa Rogers, Young Joon Kwak and Kim Ye. This exhibition marks the first collaboration between GYOPO and WESS, and GYOPO’s first programme in Korea.

Frieze Film is open to the public from August 31 to 7 September. The works at Magjib will be open for viewing from August 31, while the works at Together Together shall be open from September 2.

Learn more about Frieze Film here.

TALKS PROGRAM in association with Kiaf SEOUL

With Kiaf SEOUL, Frieze Seoul will introduce a new talks program that will take place from September 3- 5 at Studio 159, located on the second floor of COEX. Featuring three talks a day, the program will have an ambitious agenda, reflecting some of the most timely conversations taking place across the international art world today.

Subjects that will be addressed in these sessions include post pandemic art market trends; AI and art; the latest on the role of NFTs in art, as well as more curatorial-focused talks with Asia-based curators and institutions. The full program of confirmed participants will be made available over the coming weeks.

Frieze Week

Around Frieze Seoul, Frieze Week will see a series of special events, activations and partner projects take place throughout the city that will encourage Frieze visitors to venture beyond the fair and explore the creative fabric of Seoul. Central to this will be late-night openings in two of the most important gallery districts. Thursday, September 1 will see Hannam Night, when galleries in the Hannam-Dong district will stay open late for visitors. Participants in Hannam Night include Gallery Baton, Lehmann Maupin, P21, Pace Gallery, Thaddaeus Ropac, Various Small Fires (VSF), and Whistle. This will be followed by another late-night opening on Friday, September 2 with Samcheong Night featuring galleries including Hakgojae Gallery, Gallery Hyundai, Kukje Gallery, ONE AND J., Perrotin, and PKM Gallery, among others.

Frieze Seoul is proud to partner with a series of leading brands including BMW, Breguet, illycaffè, Jo Malone London, LG OLED, Maison Ruinart, NOROO and Saint Laurent. Further details of their activations will be available closer to the fair.

Main image: Jaye Rhee, Once Called Future, 2019, Three-channel video