Dvir Gallery is pleased to announce that Simon Fujiwara has been shortlisted for the 2019 Preis der Nationalgalerie.
Established in 2000 by the Freunde der Nationalgalerie, the Preis is awarded biennially and promotes young, important positions in contemporary art that reflect the internationality and vitality of the art scene in Germany. A joint exhibition of the four nominated artists’ work will be shown from August 16, 2019 to January 12, 2020 at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin.
Simon Fujiwara’s work takes multiple forms including theme park style rides, wax figures, robotic cameras, ‘make-up’ paintings and short films that address the complexity and contradictions of identity in a post-internet, hyper-capitalist world. Fujiwara often investigates themes of popular interest such as tourist attractions, famous icons, historic narratives and mass media imagery and has collaborated with the advertising and entertainment industries to produce his work in a process he describes as ‘hyper-engagement’ with dominant forms of cultural production. His work can be seen as a complex response to the human effects of image fetish, technology and social media on his generation.
Photography by Reto Schmid for Numéro France, October 2018
4 – 28 March, 2019/ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm /
Everybody is welcome to attend the Critical Workshop: “Energy: Yes! Quality: No!”. Everyone, not only those interested in art, is welcome to participate, but there are three requirements: 1- To bring a single input, contribution, work (it can bea text, an original painting, a drawing, a song, a collage, a sculpture, a video, or something else) 2- To engage in common work, discussions, exchange, thinking, judging. 3- To attend a full session (3 hours)
The goals are: 1-To encourage doing something, a work of one’s own. 2- To be ready to have it judged. 3- To trust one’s own — very own — judgement.
The input of every participant is discussed together in equality, in its outcome and consequences. The work will be judged through questions and debate such as “Is there implication?”, “Is it an event?”, “Are there encounters?”, “Does it create a new term in art?”
Critical Workshop “Energy: Yes! Quality: No!” is part of Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, curated by Anita Dube.
Miri Segal will participate in ₡ U R ₹ € ₦ ₢ ¥ group show at Nome, Berlin / March 2 – April 19, 2019 /
The etymology of the word “currency” relates to flowing, running, and circulating.
Aligned with this liquid condition, ₡ U R ₹ € ₦ ₢ ¥ brings together works that deal with money as a channel, money as a concept, money as a formal (or informal) structure. In the United States, the birth of Conceptual Art overlapped with the end of the Gold Standard in 1971, and since then, the entwinement of art and finance has become evermore abstracted. The artworks assembled in ₡ U R ₹ € ₦ ₢ ¥ manifest a double value—that of the artwork on the market, and that of the money and materials employed to make this work. From Agnieszka Kurant’s representation of multiple forms of currency to Michal Helfman’s drawing inspired by the greenish imagery of the US dollar and Pratchaya Phinthong’s installation around the exchange of rice in his native Thailand; from Paolo Cirio’s imagination of a new virtual currency to Goldin+Senneby’s bound documents of confidential trading strategies, acquired in exchange for artworks. These artworks perform in various ways the acrobatics of the complex relationships between art and money. ₡ U R ₹ € ₦ ₢ ¥ builds upon Lucie Fontaine’s previous show Soft Shock, which revolved around the origins and philosophy of Bitcoin.
Mircea Cantor will participate in the group show La Brique, The Brick, Cărămida curated by Ami Barak at La Kunsthalle Mulhouse / February 14 – April 28, 2019 /
As part of the France-Romania Season 2019, La Kunsthalle presents La Brique, The Brick, Cărămida, a modern and contemporary art exhibition. The initiative of such an exhibition comes from the collector and benefactor from Timișoara, Ovidiu Șandor, and his desire to share his choices and passion for art in this French city twinned with his, Mulhouse. The opportunity is thus to open the doors on an intimate world, have an insight into the modern and contemporary Romanian narrative and a better understanding of the complex history of this country. This exhibition presents a committed and creative artistic scene from the early 20th century to this day.
The title of the exhibition is borrowed from an emblematic work by Ana Lupaș, an iconic figure of the avant-garde and undoubtedly a major discovery of the greatest museums in the world. It puts one brick after another in a building that is the founding act of a wonderful cultural enterprise.
Simon Fujiwara is participating in Is this Tomorrow? group exhibition at Whitechapel, taking as a model its groundbreaking 1956 exhibition `This is Tomorrow’, an event which is indelibly linked to the institution’s history. Organised and developed by architect, writer and sculptor Theo Crosby, `This is Tomorrow’ featured 37 artists, architects, designers and writers who worked together in 12 small groups / 14 February – 12 May 2019
Omer Fast will be part of Truth That Lies group show at IMPAKT Center for Media Culture, Utrecht / Fabruary 9th – March 17th from 12-5pm.
Social media sites and search engines are the key ingredients of the change from the manipulative form of propaganda of the past to the prevalence of the Post-truth paradigm of the present. How are words and ideas used to obscure and manipulate? The exhibition and panel discussion of Truth That Lies look at the different political and cultural strategies that have been used in our Post-truth reality and in our recent history.
Inspired by George Orwell’s prescient novel 1984, the events take the shape of the two agencies in The Ministry of Truth, the propaganda agency of 1984’s dystopian government: the Fiction and the Records Department. The Fiction Department is represented by Truth That Lies, an exhibition exploring a use of language through gesture, manipulation, hate speech, algorithm, propaganda, make-believe or tautology.