Born in 1982 in London, United Kingdom.

Lives and works in Berlin.

Education

2006-08 Fine Art, Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt am Main
2002-05 Architecture BA, 1st Class Degree Hons with Distinction, Cambridge University

Awards

2010 The Baloise Art Prize, Art Basel 41, Switzerland
The Cartier Award, Frieze Art Fair, UK
2009 Arts Foundation Fellowship Award, National Prize, UK
2008 Schindler Residency, MAK Center for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2018 Joanne, Galerie Wedding, Raum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin
Hope House, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz
2016 Figures in a Landscape, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf
Joanne, The Photographers' Gallery, London
The Humanizer, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
White Day, Tokyo Opera City Gallery
The Way, Yu-un, Obayashi Collection, Tokyo
2015 Modern Marriage, Public art sculpture (permanent), American Embassy Gardens, London
A Spire, Public art sculpture (permanent), Laidlaw Library, University of Leeds, Leeds
2014 Three Easy Pieces, The Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge
Rebekkah, Contemporary Art Society, London
2013 Grand Tour, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig
The Problem of the Rock, Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, Fukuoka
Simon Fujiwara, Art Sonje Center, Seoul
2012 1982, Tate St. Ives, St. Ives
2011 Welcome to the Hotel Munber, Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto
2010 The Personal Effects of Theo Grünberg, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf
2009 Impersonator, Schindler House, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles

Group Exhibitions (selection)

2018 Motherland in Art, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Krakow
2017 Sur/Face: Mirrors, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main
2016 The Happy Museum, Berlin Biennale 9, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Joanne, Okayama Art Summit 2016, Okayama
2015 Storylines, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
2014 Un Nouveau Festival, Centre Pompidou, Paris
2013 Sharjah Biennial
2012 Shanghai Biennial
Gwangju Biennial
2010 São Paulo Biennial
2009 53rd Venice Biennale

Simon Fujiwara’s early installations and narrative performances (2008-2012) largely traced his own identity formation as a multi-part auto-fiction presented through therestaging of his own childhood events, reconstructions of historical places associated with his conception and the mythologizing of his origins as an artist. His work can be seen as a complex response and sometimes critique of the increasing cultural obsession with self-presentation that new technologies offered to his generation. Working often in collaboration with others in the telling of supposedly personal stories, Fujiwara's work explores the concept of the contemporary individual – self-determined, self-narrativised, unique – and presents a highly contingent notion of the self that can only be defined through the participation of others.

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