in Frieze London | 11 JUL 22

Tenant of Culture at Camden Art Centre

The winner of the Camden Art Centre Emerging Artist Prize at Frieze presents 'Soft Acid', the artist's first institutional exhibition in London

in Frieze London | 11 JUL 22

Tenant of Culture, the anonym for Dutch artist Hendrickje Schimmel, presents an ambitious new site-specific installation for Camden Art Centre, her largest work to-date.

Winner of the 2021 Emerging Artist Prize at Frieze, Tenant of Culture's point of departure begins in the archives of the gallery, where she uncovered reference to the largely unrecognised mass labour of women in the laundry industry, in 19th-century Britain.

The exhibition draws on and extends the artist’s long-standing exploration of consumer culture and the vast and problematic waste accumulated via the fashion industry. Repurposing discarded garments and accessories into new sculptural forms – alongside a voracious exploration of material possibilities – fabrics are bleached, boiled, dyed, twisted, torn and meticulously reassembled. The resulting works nod to former relics simultaneously desirable and monstrous, a reminder of the fickle cycle of trends and fashion, and the exploitative and often invisible economies of supply and demand.

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The Camden Art Centre Emerging Art Prize at Frieze is generously supported by Georgina Townsley, Alexandra Economou and Noach Vander Beken, Nicola Blake, Simon and Carolyn Franks, Ronald and Sophie Sofer and Russell Tovey.