Annika Ström’s project for the Frieze Art Fair is comprised of ten performers acting the roles of ‘Ten Embarrassed Men’. These men will navigate the fair as a group, identifiable by their matching clothing and demeanour. Often putting herself in difficult or uncomfortable situations to perform songs, Ström’s work centres around some of the mechanics of art-making, and her personal and heartfelt exposé of elements of her private life. These performers are playing the part of men embarrassed by a specific issue – in this case the representation of women in art fairs.
Annika Ström (b.1964) is a Swedish artist based in Hove. Recent solo exhibitions include: ‘The title of the show is too sad’, Galleria Sonia Rosso, Turin (2010); ‘Made in France by Annika Ström’, Onestar Press, Paris (2010); and ‘Möbler för festvåningen’, Galleri Charlotte Lund, Stockholm . Recent group projects include: ‘Playing the city II’, Shirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2010); ‘Vidéothèque éphémère-Faux Amis, Jeu de paume, Paris (2010); ‘Welt in der Hand/ World in your Hand’, Städtische Galerie für Gegenwartskunst, Dresden (2010).
Frieze Projects is a programme of artists’ commissions realised annually at Frieze Art Fair. In 2010 it is curated by Sarah McCrory and includes includes nine specially commissioned projects as well as the Cartier Award and collaborations with our 2010 EU partner institution Vector Association (Romania).
Those commissioned to create site-specific work for Frieze Art Fair 2010 are: Ei Arakawa and Karl Holmqvist, Spartacus Chetwynd, Matthew Darbyshire, Shannon Ebner and Dexter Sinister, Gabriel Kuri, Shahryar Nashat, Nick Relph, Annika Ström and Jeffrey Vallance.
Download a copy of the 2010 Frieze Projects’ flyer here: Projects 2010