February 2 – March 24, 2013
2F Art Sonje Center
Art Sonje Center is pleased to present Simon Fujiwara’s first solo exhibition in Korea. Simon Fujiwara (born in London, 1982) is renowned for his perspicacious yet playful practice and was introduced to Korea at Gwangju Biennale in 2012. The son of a Japanese architect father and a British dancer mother, Fujiwara produces works that confront autobiographical aspects with subjects ranging from issues of identity and sexuality as well as the anthropological, historical, social, and political factors that impact on these constructions. The narratives he produces often transcend the boundaries between the private and public realm as well as those between reality and fiction. By manifesting these narratives through play, performance, installation, and lectures, among others, Fujiwara also adopts multiple roles such as artist, writer, novelist, anthropologist, or adult film actor.
Simon Fujiwara, the artist’s first solo show in Korea, invites viewers to experience the diversity of journeys Simon Fujiwara has created through his practice. The Museum of Incest (2009-ongoing) is an exploration of incest as a phenomenon within the history of mankind as researched by Simon Fujiwara. Fujiwara inserts the story of his relationship with his Japanese father into this fictive architectural proposal for a museum. This act weaves Fujiwara’s personal narrative into an anthropological investigation of the development of mankind as well as landmark architectural structures.
Rehearsal for a Reunion (with the Father of Pottery) (2011-12) represents the reunion between Fujiwara and his distant father through a ceramics workshop. Due to his multicultural background, Fujiwara was able to closely relate to Bernard Leach, the “Father of British Studio Pottery,” who was also raised in Asia. This led the artist to re-enact Leach’s workshop when he reunited with his father in Japan. For Rehearsal for a Reunion, Fujiwara recreates the place of the reunion on a stage installation, onto which a video of the re-enactment of the event is projected.
The Mirror Stage (2009-ongoing) is a mixed media installation, which borrows its title from an essay by French psychoanalyst Jaques Lacan. The concept of the mirror stage refers to the phase when infants see themselves in a mirror image or other representation and are able to turn themselves into an object they can view outside themselves. In this work, Fujiwara portrays his encounter at the age of eleven withHorizontal Stripe Painting: November 1957- January 1958 by Patrick Heron. Fujiwara stated that this was a determining early experience in his realization of wanting to become an artist and of being gay.