Frieze Projects 2014 Presents Dominican Performance Artist Isabel Lewis


Frieze Projects is a program of artists’ commissions realized annually at Frieze London. As part of Frieze Projects 2014, Isabel Lewis—Brooklyn and Berlin-based performer and curator from the Dominican Republic—presents a series of “occasions” with the Liverpool Biennial and ICA, London, at the Old Selfridges Hotel, and industrial space located on Orchard Street in London.

Isabel Lewis will host a series of ‘occasions’, in collaboration with ICA London and at the Old Selfridges Hotel, that conjure the ancient Greek symposium, where philosophising, drinking and the erotic were inseparable. Occurring over the five days of the fair they are a celebratory meeting of things, people, plants, music, smells and dances. Lewis is the host, and also an orator, impostor, DJ and dancer. Lewis is collaborating with Norwegian chemist and smell researcher Sissel Tolaas, who will create the scents for the Frieze occasions.

Isabel Lewis (b. 1981, Dominican Republic) is an artist of Dominican and American origin who grew up on a suburban island off the coast of southwest Florida. Whilst living in New York, Lewis danced for many choreographers and from 2004 exhibited commissioned works at The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, New Museum and Movement Research at Judson Church, amongst others. Lewis moved to Berlin in 2009, where she spent the next two years working as an editor and DJ, before creating her solo show STRANGE ACTION (2010). Isabel draws from her training in literary criticism, dance, and choreography as well as from party and popular culture.

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