Simon Fujiwara at Fondazione Prada – Milan
Dvir Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of ‘Who The Bær
‘, Simon Fujiwara
‘s solo exhibition at Fondazione Prada, Milan
on March 2, 2021
For this new site-specific project conceived for the ground floor of the Podium in the Milan premises of Fondazione Prada
, Simon Fujiwara introduces audiences to the fairytale world of Who the Bær
, an original cartoon character that inhabits a fantasy universe created by the artist. Who the Bær is a cartoon bear without a clear character – “Who” as they are known, seems to have not yet developed a strong personality or instincts, they have no history, defined gender or even sexuality. Who the Bær only knows that they are an image, and they seek to define themselves in a world of other images.
The world of Who the Bær is a flat, online world of pictures, yet one full of endless possibilities. Who the Bær can transform or adapt into any image they encounter, taking on the attributes and identities of those depicted within the image – human, animal or even object. In this sense the fantastical world of Who the Bær is a world of freedom: Who can be whoever they wish to be, Who can transcend time and place, Who can be both subject and object. Yet Who the Bær may never be able to overcome their one true challenge – to become anything more than just an image.