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(X) A Fantasy

7th September 2017 - 7th October 2017


Opening Reception: Thurs 7 Sept, 7.30–11pm
With performances by Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome Hannah Regel, Urara Tsuchiya and Zoe Williams, and DJ set by New Noveta.

Special opening times during Frieze week: Mon 2–Sat 7 Oct, 12–6pm

DRAF presents  (X) A Fantasy, an exhibition of new commissions and works by historical and contemporary artists. With Dora Budor, Helen Chadwick, Keren Cytter, Jimmy DeSana, Theaster Gates, Harry Gruyaert, Celia Hempton, Melike Kara, Tala Madani, Paul Maheke, France-Lise McGurn, Pierre Molinier, Julian Opie, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, Megan Rooney, Prem Sahib, Wolfgang Tillmans, Danh Vo and Zoe Williams.

When does the individual experience become a political statement? Over thirty artworks explore the subversion of the quotidian and the transgression of boundaries between public and private spheres. Living, eating, dancing, seducing, reading, watching films, going online; the exhibition traces how individual and collective engagements make the political personal.

On the occasion of the Opening Reception, the exhibition is activated with performances by choreographer Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome, and artists Hannah Regel and Urara Tsuchiya.

Upstairs in DRAF Studio, artist Zoe Williams presents her ambitious commission ‘Ceremony of the Void’, a voluptuous banquet inviting visitors to experience her fantastical immersive environment and large-scale performance involving artist-made delicacies, musicians, performers, video projections and new ceramic sculptures. New costumes have been designed by Hydra Sartorial Latex. This unique performance will take place during the Opening Reception. Musicians: Patchfinder, Viki Steiri, Dario Papavassiliou. Performers: Mensah A. Bonsu, Freya Field-Donovan, Pegah Tahmasebi, Susu Laroche, Deniz Unal, Nadja Voorham.

Collaborative project and artists New Noveta will finish the evening with a DJ set during an afterparty in DRAF Studio 10-11pm.

(X) A Fantasy will be the last exhibition in DRAF’s Camden space. Following ten years of exhibitions and performances in London, the Foundation’s ambitions are expanding to include projects in different sites across the UK, reaching new and broader audiences. The exhibition continues to 7 Oct, and will exceptionally be open Mon 2 – Sat 7 Oct, 12–6pm during Frieze London in the final week.

DRAF Studio is supported by Arts Council England and DRAF Galleries Circle.

With thanks to the Canadian High Commission to the United Kingdom for their support.

Thanks also to in-kind supporters of the performance Ceremony of the Void: perfume provided by Nishane, Istanbul; costumes by Hydra Sartorial Latex; ceramic works produced by Rochester Square; and Suze Saveur d’Autrefois liqueur provided by Pernod-Ricard.

Media partner: CURA.

Symes Mews
London NW1 7JE

+44 (0)20 7383 3004

Opening Times:
Thu—Sat, 12–6 pm
Tue—Wed (by appointment)


7th September 2017
7th October 2017


Symes Mews
London, NW1 7JE
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