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Simon Fujiwara

Simon Fujiwara was born 1982 in the United Kingdom. He studied architecture at Cambridge University and fine art at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He currently lives and works in Berlin. His selected recent exhibitions include the Biennale di Venezia (2009), Bienal de São Paulo (2010) and Manifesta 8 (2010). He is this year’s recipient of the Cartier Award and the Baloise Art Prize.

Simon Fuijwara collects physical remainders through a pseudo-scientific process of archaeology, anthropology and historical research. These traces form a pattern which opens a flow of narrative possibilities intertwined in a process of personal identification, resulting in a narrative story, performed by Fujiwara himself. The stories, which form the core of his later sculptural work, are formed by a strategy of falsification, creating heroes and anti-heroes, referring to his own sexual identity. In the end, Fujiwara’s work is a narrative – and performative – sculptural installation that functions itself as a memory and a trace of a complex research into identity and cultural heritage.

At PAC, Fujiwara shows an enhanced version of his most recent work, Welcome to the Hotel Munber, developing a new layer of complexity. He will perform twice during the exhibition, on the day of the opening and on 10 December.