Simon Fujiwara Who's Childhood?, 2021
Sculptural video installation (cardboard, electrical tape, Plexiglas, antique tripod, projector, projection screen, animation, color, sound)
164 x 73 x 73 cm (projector on tripod)
Duration: 2:27 min
The sculptural video installation Who’s Childhood? projects an animation depicting a revisionist history of Who's childhood. Housed in a cartoonish sculptural projector, the home-movie style animation parodies tropes of childhood nostalgia and authenticity. The association with home movies is reinforced by the animation's soundtrack featuring the low hum of a rattling film projector.
Simon Fujiwara’s project Who the Bær was developed during the lockdown in the spring of 2020. The artist 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".