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Artist Talk

Exhibiting Artist Talk

Simon Fujiwara

Wed 25 Jan, 18.30

 Simon Fujiwara

Simon Fujiwara

Simon Fujiwara

 Simon Fujiwara, Joanne, 2016

Simon Fujiwara, Joanne, 2016

Simon Fujiwara, Joanne, 2016

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A rare opportunity to hear Simon Fujiwara speak about his new commission, Joanne.

Joanne is a portrait of the artist's former secondary school art teacher who found herself at the centre of a damaging tabloid scandal after students discovered and circulated topless photographs of her that had been taken privately. The video depicts the many faces of Joanne – 1998 Miss Northern Ireland beauty pageant, artist, teacher and champion boxer – and addresses issues around representations of women in the age of social media, tabloid press and consumerism. The film is accompanied in the gallery space by monolithic lightboxes, featuring images of Joanne created in collaboration with acclaimed fashion photographer Andreas Larsson.

Simon Fujiwara (b. 1982, UK) is known for his autobiographical explorations of identity and sexuality. His complex installations incorporate sculpture, performance, video and photographic elements to create fully imagined scenarios that underscore the interdependence of personal history and more universal narratives. Fujiwara studied Architecture at Cambridge University from 2002 to 2005, and then Fine Art at the Städelschule Hochschule für Bildende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main from 2006 to 2008. He participated in several recent biennials including the Venice Biennale, 2009; Manifesta 8 and São Paulo Biennial in 2010; Singapore Biennial, Manchester International Festival and Performa, New York, all 2011. He had Recent solo exhibitions at Irish Museum of Modern Art, 2016, the Sharjah Biennial, 2013, Tate St. Ives, 2012 and the Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, 2010.

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