Many exotic trips have served Simon to develop endeavors vested on the fringes of economics, art and post-colonial thought. The exhibition's an offshoot of these experiences as it also inverts the perspective of the artist as observer, towards exploration and confabulation
Simon's many exotic trips over the past dozen years have served to develop his para-artistic endeavors, vested on the fringes of economics, art and post-colonial thought. The artist's main topic of interest now shifts towards the subjective experience of a researcher-traveler: exploration and confabulation.
The exhibition features two main protagonists. The first is a man who goes by the pseudonym Seven, encountered by Simon in India and recorded while recounting the impossible twists and turns of his life story. Seven became a source of inspiration for the artist as he began incorporating autobiographical themes in his work, analyzing how much fantasy is inscribed into the process of absorbing information and self-creation.
The second protagonist is Simon himself. The artifacts on display are a collection of objects that hold significance for the artist's personal and professional history. They are complemented by 3D-printed sculptures inspired by an illustration of Marco Polo's writings, who described the country of mythical dog-headed creatures known as Cynocephali. The same technique was used to stitch together a personal narrative of Simon's emotional and artistic life, made in the form of a relief based on ornamental tapestries. The exhibition has its lyrical finish in the form of poems coded within abstract artistic compositions, written by the artist in response to emotions spurred by the collapse of subsequent intimate relationships.