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Frieze London 2016

Looking Forward: Phillip Tinari

Curators from influential institutions predict their Frieze London highlights

BY Phillip Tinari in Frieze Week Magazine | 05 SEP 16

Latifa Echakhch, La dépossession ('Dispossesion'), detail, 2014, installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy: the artist and kamel mennour, Paris

I look forward to Latifa Echakhch’s solo presentation (kamel mennour, Paris, A2). I remember going to see her solo show at Protocinema in the Karaköy neighbourhood of Istanbul during the opening of the biennale there last year, and arriving, with a group of patrons, a few hours before the installation process was complete. The floor was wet and the video monitors still sheathed in plastic. Somehow when I went back a few days later this earlier, incomplete state seemed perfectly appropriate for the contents of a show that included two subtle videos – one of waiting by the Bosphorus for dolphins that never arrive; another, of boys jumping from the sea wall into the sea at the Moroccan port of El Jadida, immune to danger – and a floor piece inspired by the water calligraphy ubiquitously practiced in Chinese parks. Echakhch has always believed in the viewer as active participant, creating meaning through interpretation. At Frieze London she will show new sculptures and paintings that continue in her characteristic vein of poetic evocation, after which she will then embark on a major new commission at the Power Plant in Toronto.

Phillip Tinari is director at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing