This year’s Frieze Artist Award went to Sung Tieu, an emerging artist whose selected film will premiere during Frieze Week London. With work spanning installation, sound, video, text, sculpture, photography, performance and public intervention, Tieu explores her own experiences of cultural collision and displacement to investigate the art historical legacies of late Modernism. However, since 2016, Tieu has used her artistic platform to examine psychological and bureaucratic warfare – where the legacy of the Cold War continues to impact our everyday lives. Her film, Moving Shadow Detection (2021), is a reflection on the psychological dimension of warfare, acoustic weaponry and its relationship to Cold War ideologies, with reference to the Hotel Nacional de Cuba in Havana (from which a set of medical disorders collectively termed ‘Havana Syndrome’ owes its name).
Sung Tieu will be exhibiting her work in Frieze Focus (booth H9), with Emalin.
Image: Sung Tieu, Filling Gaps (2021). Tampons from VEB Vliestextilien Lößnitztal, polished stainless steel tube, 2.5 x 120 x 2.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist, Emalin, London and Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut/Hamburg. Photography: Hans-Georg Gaul