REVIEW: Simon Fujiwara: "Studio Pietà: King Kong Komplex" @ Andrea Rosen Gallery

ArtAsiaPacific
Aug 7, 2013 2:33AM

An absent family photograph is at the heart of Simon Fujiwara’s multi-media exhibition “Studio Pietà (King Kong Komplex).” In the photo in question, a Lebanese man has his arms clasped tightly around the artist’s British cabaret-dancer mother as he lifts her into the air on a beach in 1960s Beirut. By documenting his attempts to re-stage and re-photograph this image, Fujiwara teases out larger sociopolitical issues in a willfully superficial manner, providing a humorous take on the limitations imposed by the involvement of the artist.  

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