in Frieze London | 20 SEP 18

Social Work Artists Revealed

Feminist and activist artists of the 1980s and '90s, from Berni Searle in South Africa to Sonia Boyce in the UK

in Frieze London | 20 SEP 18

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Social Work is an invitational section of Frieze London and follows on from 2017’s critically acclaimed Sex Work: Radical Politics and Feminist Art curated by Alison M. Gingeras. Social Work will feature eight monographic presentations by women artists whose work emerged in response to the global social and political schisms of the 1980s and ’90s. Social Work pays homage to a selection of artists who challenged the status quo and explored the possibilities of political activism in their art making.

Including both established and lesser-known feminist artists the section will also highlight the role that galleries have played in their support of women artists whose work may not have been easily assimilated into the mainstream.

The participating artists and galleries are: 

ACA Galleries, New York & Weiss Berlin Faith Ringgold

Apalazzogallery, Brescia Sonia Boyce

England & Co., London Tina Keane

Pippy Houldsworth, London Mary Kelly

Gallery Lelong & Co., New York Nancy Spero

Pi Artworks, London Ipek Duben

Richard Saltoun Gallery, London Helen Chadwick

Stevenson, Cape Town Berni Searle

Social Work was devised by a panel of eminent art historians, curators and critics that have recommended a short list of artists to participate in the section.The section was selected by: Iwona Blazwick (Director, Whitechapel Art Gallery), Katrina Brown (Director, The Common Guild), Louisa Buck (Art Critic and Correspondent, The Art Newspaper), Amira Gad (Curator, Art & Architecture, Serpentine Galleries), Jennifer Higgie (Editorial Director, Frieze), Melanie Keen (Director, Iniva), Polly Staple (Director, Chisenhale Gallery), Sally Tallant (Director, Liverpool Biennial), Fatos Üstek (Director, DRAF) and Lydia Yee (Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery).

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