Simon Fujiwara was born in London in 1982, and spent his childhood moving between Japan, Europe, and Africa. He received a BA in architecture from Cambridge University in 2005 and earned an MFA from the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main in 2008. Fujiwara’s practice is markedly performative and interdisciplinary in nature, calling upon diverse disciplines and mediums as a means to both research and reinvent his own multilayered autobiography.
Engineering complex narratives—both personal and political—Fujiwara’s art presents a profound inquiry into the nature of history, memory, and identity. Drawing on a constellation of diverse artifacts, locations, and events, his multimedia installations typically involve performance, music, architecture, lectures, and various literary forms, allowing for creative self-invention and an evolving exploration of his personal history.
Fujiwara has had solo exhibitions at Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto (2011); Tate St Ives, Cornwall (2012); and the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge (2014). His work has been featured in a number of group exhibitions including Home is the Place You Left, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Norway (2008); I knOw yoU, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2013); and Roppongi Crossing 2013: OUT OF DOUBT, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2013). His work has also been presented at the Venice Biennale (2009), São Paulo Biennial (2010), Gwangju Biennial (2012), Shanghai Biennial (2012), and Sharjah Biennial (2013). Fujiwara has received numerous honors including the Rome Scholarship, British Academy, Rome (2005); the Iaspis Residency, Gothenburg, Sweden (2010); the Bâloise Art Prize (2010); and the Cartier Award (2010). He lives and works in Berlin.