Art Lovers by Bambi - 100% Unauthorised at Frieze Week London 2021
Bambi is crashing the Frieze Sculpture Garden again this year with a conceptual art installation. She has decided to feature her latest release, Art Lovers because it relates so well to Frieze specifically, and the arts more broadly, and how they have been affected by Covid restrictions.
Art Lovers was born from Bambi's interest in neuroscientist Semir Zeki's research at UCL, which found that looking at artwork stimulates the same regions and chemicals of the brain that are active when we feel love and pleasure. Over the past 1-2 years, artists and art lovers have often been unable to access art in person, leaving a gap, both physical and emotional, as represented by the social distancing of Bambi's figures vs the Lichtenstein's Kiss she displays. Obviously, Frieze itself was unable to go forward last year, and although the fair is active again this year, strict restrictions are in place with masks, social distancing and testing or vaccination proof required for tickets. This is a very, very different event than those of the pre-covid art world. Bambi is interested in how these restrictions and lack of contact affects the relationship between people and art.
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