Simon Fujiwara, ‘It’s a Small World’ at Istanbul Biennial

September 14 – November 10, 2019

 

Simon Fujiwara’s project for the Istanbul Biennial began after he discovered a large quantity of semi-ruined figures of pop icons in the trash of an attractions manufacturer near Istanbul. He salvaged these figures and combined them with thirteen architectural miniatures. In these sculptural works, the functions of everyday civic architecture are blended with symbols from the mass entertainment world. Fujiwara’s miniature city draws attention to the ways in which fantasy and escapism have bled into the core structures of our everyday lives, often masking the brutal pragmatism of globalised capitalism.

 

photo © Sahir Uğur Eren, Coşku