Simon Fujiwara at Fotomuseum Winterthur

Simon Fujiwara is participating in ‘SITUATIONS/Closure’ at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland. In the last decades we have witnessed radical changes in our visual culture: with incredible speed, the networked image has spawned new visual forms and cultural practices – with unprecedented social and political implications. Memes and GIFS, selfies and Instagram filters, algorithms and neural networks, screenshots and drone images, net feminism and online visual activism, content moderators, influencers and attention economies: The image-based phenomena of our time have not only altered and expanded photography and its functions, but also challenged our understanding of it. For more than five years, Fotomuseum Winterthur’s format SITUATIONS has scrutinised and discussed these techniques, practices and aesthetics of post-photography.The final and concluding cluster “Closure” focuses on photographic images as both discursive starting points and final end points; as closed loops and iterations without conclusion. Be it in the form of digital data burials, the reappropriation and reoccupation of colonial spaces and viewing regimes, the photographic search for traces to make trauma visible, or the ultimate short-circuit of our networked image economy: the works presented in this cluster negotiate, irritate and challenge photography as a self-contained ideological, capitalist and colonial system. October 24, 2020 – February 14, 2021