Social Work is a new themed section at this years’ Frieze London, following on from 2017’s Sex Work: Radical Politics and Feminist Art curated by Alison M. Gingeras. This year the section 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: Sonia Boyce (Apalazzogallery); Helen Chadwick (Richard Saltoun Gallery); Ipek Duben (Pi Artworks); Tina Keane (England & Co); Mary Kelly (Pippy Houldsworth); Faith Ringgold (Weiss Berlin and ACA Galleries); Berni Searle (Stevenson); and Nancy Spero (Gallery Lelong & Co.).
Social Work was devised by a panel of art historians, curators and critics who recommended a short list of artists to participate in the section. The panelists include: 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).