Lauren Halsey brings the spirit of South Central LA to Frieze New York

Lauren Halsey, the winner of this year’s Frieze Artist Award, was born and raised in Los Angeles, and much of her work explores community building in an urban environment. The award, which goes to an emerging artist and is supported by the Luma Foundation, provides her with a budget of up to $25,000 to make a work of art for the New York fair. Halsey’s project is an architectural installation dedicated to Nipsey Hussle, the rapper and activist who was gunned down in Los Angeles on 31 March. Visitors will be invited to move around two columns whose surfaces offer tributes to Hussle as well as images of hair models, ideological pyramids, Afrofuturist myths and ephemera from South Central, the neighbourhood in which the artist grew up. We talked to Halsey about her passion for South Central, her evolving aesthetic and her fascination with pharaonic architecture.

Read her interview here.