Simon Fujiwara (born London, 1982) lives and works in Berlin. He studied Architecture at Cambridge University from 2002 to 2005, and then Fine Art at the Städelschule Hochschule fur Bildende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main from 2006 to 2008. He has participated in several recent biennials including the Venice Biennale, 2009; Manifesta 8 and São Paulo Biennial in 2010; Manchester International Festival, and Performa, New York, all 2011. His work has been presented at galleries around the world including The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Tate St Ives, Pompidou Centre, Paris and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
IMMA commissioned Fujiwara to create a new work on the occasion of the centenary of the Easter Rising in 2016. The resulting work – The Humanizer – is Fujiwara’s proposition for an imagined Hollywood biopic, composed almost uniquely of sound, based on the life of historical Irish nationalist figure Roger Casement (1864-1916). The Humanizer was presented at IMMA in 2016. Fujiwara was previously part of the 2013 IMMA group exhibition I knOw yoU.
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