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Role Models of Our Times: Fatoş Üstek

Frieze names Fatos Üstek as Curator of Frieze Sculpture 2023 | Frieze

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At this very striking moment, Turquebec Blog proudly presents a successful event that occurred at the art scene in London. London-based Turkish independent curator and art writer Fatoş Üstek, a familiar loving face to Istanbul's art scene is now the new curator of Frieze Sculptor of London Frieze Art Fair. City dwellers and art lovers from all around the world will "celebrate the creative spirit of the city" through monumental pieces by leading artists curated by Fatoş Üstek. The event will take place from 20 September to 29 October 2023 throughout London’s The Regent’s Park, Frieze Sculpture will coincide with Frieze London & Frieze Masters, 11th to 15th October 2023.

Eva Langret, Director of Frieze London commented: ‘We are thrilled to announce Fatos as the next curator of Frieze Sculpture. The exhibition is beloved by so many, and Fatos, who has extensive experience working with art in the public realm, could not be more well placed to take the initiative forward. With next year marking Frieze London’s 20th anniversary we are looking forward to a special programme of projects and collaborations, amongst which Frieze Sculpture will be a major highlight.’

Fatos Üstek added: ‘Encountering art in the public realm gives us an experience like no other. At its best, it can astonish, inspire awe, and create collective wonder. We're in an age where our society spends most of its time in a digital world, but that world does not speak to us in the same way. I'm hugely excited about joining Frieze and working with a wide array of artists and galleries to expand the conception, implementation and reception of sculpture in the public realm.’

Ankara-born Fatoş Üstek received her MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths College London in 2008 after completing her BA in Mathematics at Bogazici University in Istanbul. Throughout her carrier, she has been working internationally with large-scale organizations, and biennales, as well as commissioning in public spaces. She was previously Director of the Liverpool Biennial, Director of the Roberts Institute of Art, Curator of Art Night, London (2017), Curator of fig-2 50 exhibitions 50 weeks, at ICA London (2015) and Associate Curator of the 10th Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (2014). She has commissioned a number of projects in the public realm, including Nathan Coley, Liverpool, 2020; Do Ho Suh, London, 2018-20, and presently with Nine Elms, London. Over the past 10 years, Üstek has taken on multiple jury roles for national and international art prizes (Jindrich Chalupecky Award 2022-2024; Outset Studio Makers Prize, 2022; Turner Prize 2020; Celeste Prize 2017), international representations (Scotland and Netherlands in Venice, 2022), whilst nominating artists for prestigious projects and awards (The Fourth Plinth; Jarman Film Award).

To learn more about her curatorial expertise and publications, please visit her web page:

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