press release

(X) A Fantasy
8 Sept – 9 Dec 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, actors, video projections and new ceramic sculptures. This unique performance will take place during the Opening Reception.

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

Thanks to in-kind supporters of the performance Ceremony of the Void: scent provided by Nishane, Istanbul; costumes designed by Hydra in collaboration with Zoe Williams; ceramic works produced by Rochester Square; and Suze Saveur d’Autrefois liqueur provided by Pernod-Ricard.