Himali Singh Soin's "we are opposite like that" uses the Arctic landscape to explore otherness

The artist and filmmaker Himali Singh Soin is the winner of the 2019 Frieze Artist Award, a major commission by an emerging artist at Frieze London (4-6 October). It is the first time that the prize has been awarded for a film work since its inception in 2014 as part of the fairs Live section, which is dedicated to time-based art. The announcement, released today, furthers a trend of fairs increasingly supporting video artists.

“The Frieze Artist Award has pushed talented emerging artists with interdisciplinary practices to expand their ambitions outside of the commercial constraints of the art world,” says Diana Campbell Betancourt, the artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation, chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit and this years curator of Frieze Projects, along with Lydia Yee of Londons Whitechapel Gallery.

Singh Soin, based between London and Delhi, is known for her text, performance and video-based works that often incorporate myth, the natural world and imagery of outer space to explore social tensions around identity, especially with regard to women and minorities. Her commission for this years Frieze London, we are opposite like that, draws inspiration from the Victorian-era fear that Britain would be overtaken by Arctic ice, addressing contemporary concerns of both widespread climate change and the political xenophobia pushing the country into Brexit-induced deep freeze.

Supported by Forma and Channel 4 Random Acts, the film will debut at Frieze London in Regents Park this October; it will also be broadcast on the UKs Channel 4 television network and online in the autumn.

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