Biennale de l'Image en Mouvement 2021: A Goodbye Letter, A Love Call, A Wake-Up Song
With Simon Fujiwara
Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève
Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 10
November 12, 2021 – January 30, 2022
Opening: November 11, 6 pm
Admission free: a vaccine certificate is required for entry
Co-curated by the collaborative DIS and Andrea Bellini, Director of the Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève, the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement 2021 (BIM'21) includes works by 14 artists and collectives, that all grapple with a shift in consciousness and a need to debunk narratives.
On this occasion, Simon Fujiwara presents a new installation with a stop-motion animated film, Once Upon a Who, 2021, from his ongoing Who the Bær project, developed during the first lockdown. The animation of Who’s origin story is humorously narrated by the artist and set within an environment designed to echo the cartoonish Who world.
Who the Bær is a unique cartoon character in the form of a denim wearing bear with a golden heart and an uncontrollably long tongue, that seemingly has no gender, race, sexuality or even a clear design. Through Who the Bær, Fujiwara explores complex topics using the reductive logic of the cartoon universe to expose the normalizing power of the capitalist image culture we inhabit.
Once Upon a Who, 2021 will be part of Simon Fujiwara’s forthcoming solo exhibition at Esther Schipper, opening January 15, 2022.