Frieze art fair opens this week. To mark the start of the event, Work of the Week  presents Five Day Forecast by Lorna Simpson. The piece was acquired by Tate in 2010, with funds provided by the 2010 Outset / Frieze Art Fair Fund.

At first glance the piece recalls a police line up. And then inverts this interpretation by depicting a faceless, identity-less sitter. Above the five photographs are the days of the week typically associated with employment, Monday to Friday, which create a sense of institutional repetition - a predictable ‘forecast’.

What about the words, ‘Misdescription’, ‘Misremember’ that feature in Five Day Forecast? Writing about this piece, curator Rachel Taylor suggests: 

The words, with their negative connotations, imply a repeated breakdown in communication, within personal, professional and racial relationships. At the same time, the pun on ‘mis/miss’ raises questions of gender and identity and the exchange of power within such relationships.

Lorna Simpson, 'Five Day Forecast' 1991

Lorna Simpson
Five Day Forecast 1991
5 photographs, gelatin silver print on paper, 15 engraved plaques
displayed: 622 x 2464 mm
Purchased with funds provided by the 2010 Outset / Frieze Art Fair Fund to benefit the Tate Collection 2010© Lorna Simpson, courtesy Salon 94, New York

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The Outset / Frieze Art Fair Fund enables Tate to acquire works by emerging and leading international artists from London’s Frieze Art Fair. The 2012 acquisitions will be announced later in October 2012