in Frieze London , News | 28 JUN 24

Pablo José Ramírez Curates New Ceramics Section ‘Smoke’

Debuting at Frieze London 2024, the lineup includes Manuel Chavajay, Yeni Mao, Noé Martínez, Lucía Pizzani, Ayla Tavares and Yuri Yuan

in Frieze London , News | 28 JUN 24

Organised by Pablo José Ramírez (Curator, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles), a new themed section at Frieze London 2024 will present ceramic works that explore diasporic and indigenous histories.

Smoke will bring together international artists at the forefront of the medium today – whose practices mine pre-colonial traditions to use clay in expanded forms – presenting ceramics as one of the most impactful aesthetic forms in contemporary art. 

Ayla Tavares  Una forma siempre Húmeda, 2022  Ceramics, clay and sponge  61 x 38 x 37 cm  Credits: Rafael Estefania, Lucia Berrón Almeida  Courtesy of the artist, Galeria Athena and HATCH Gallery
Ayla Tavares, Una forma siempre Húmeda, 2022. Ceramics, clay and sponge. 61 x 38 x 37 cm. Credits: Rafael Estefania, Lucia Berrón Almeida. Courtesy of the artist, Galeria Athena and HATCH Gallery 

Smoke pays tribute to El Animal Humo (the Smoke Animal), Humberto Ak’abal’s story of an enigmatic creature made of smoke who emanates from the soil as a sublime and disturbing manifestation of nature. The featured artists – including solo presentations of Manuel Chavajay (Pedro Cera, Madrid, Lisbon), Noé Martínez (Patron, Chicago), Lucía Pizzani (Cecilia Brunson Projects, London) and Ayla Tavares (Galeria Athena, Rio De Janeiro and Hatch, Paris), and dual presentations from Christine Howard Sandoval and Linda Vallejo (parrasch heijnen, Los Angeles), Yeni Mao and Yuri Yuan (Make Room, Los Angeles) and Karla Ekaterine Canseco with Roksana Pirouzmand (Murmurs, Los Angeles) – explore counter-archaeology, the continuum of ancestry and the ways in which materials bear witness to diasporic movements. 

Further Information

Frieze London and Frieze Masters, 9 – 13 October 2024, The Regent’s Park.

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Main image: Manuel Chavajay, 7 Days, 2024. Ceramic, acrylic, spray, variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist and Pedro Cera