REHEARSAL FOR A REUNION | SIMON FUJIWARAby Dalit Nemirovsky | 08.10.12
Last year at the age of 28, British/Japanese artist Simon Fujiwara journeyed to his childhood hometown of Shizuoka, Japan to reunite with his father after over twenty years of separation. With the intention of producing a lasting symbol of their reunion, the father and son duo embarked on a pottery course to produce a replica tea set based on the work of Bernard Leach, the master potter whose work came to define a perfect union of Eastern and Western aesthetic ideologies.
Inspired by the biography of Leach, father and son Fujiwara’s own tea set was to become the ideal, symbolic prop in their own tea ceremony which was, in turn, to be the opportunity for them to bridge the psychological and geographical gulfs of their relationship. Yet this ceremony was not to happen as planned, and this exhibition at Dvir Gallery tells the story. (exhibition text)
The exhibition at Dvir Gallery is an opportunity not only to see this awarded artist’s new work, but to take part in a work that is personal and revealing and therefore as intimate as possible . In interviews Fujiwara gave over the years he always stated :’I am my work’ and as such a great deal of the material Fujiwara uses in his art is rooted in the autobiographical. At the core Fujiwara is a story-teller. Everything starts as a text and it is the power of narration that underlines most of his practice. Fujiwara’s work explores biographies and ‘real-life’ stories through a combination of performance, video, installation and short stories. Simon Fujiwara lives and works in Berlin.
Photographs by Elad Sarig
Closing date: October 20th, 2012
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