Esther Schipper is pleased to participate in the inaugural edition of AMTSALON Berlin, with a solo presentation of works by Simon Fujiwara from the artist's most recent project Who the Bær.
Developed during the lockdown in the spring of 2020, Fujiwara created a unique cartoon character in the form of a denim wearing bear with a golden heart and an uncontrollably long tongue, that seemingly has no gender, race, sexuality or even a clear design. Without an identity, Who exists only as an image, a status that allows them the freedom to roam a world of online images, appropriating characters, identities, aesthetics and guises in a greedy search for a "self".
The presentation includes the sculptural video installation, Who’s Childhood, with an animation depicting a revisionist history of Who's childhood as well as a series of new collages and drawings centring around the early identity development of Who the Bær. Housed in the premises of the former district court of Charlottenburg, Amtsalon is open to the public as a pop-up of twenty-four Berlin galleries from June 17 – 24.
Who the Bær can also be followed via their official Instagram account @whothebaer.