‘welcome to hotel munber’ 2010 image © designboombritish artist simon fujiwara’s fictional narratives are not simply read from a book, they are experienced. combining fragments of personal and family history with re-interpretations of historical contexts and an underpinning of homo eroticism. taking on the physicality and detail of archeological like studies that have been completely fabricated and presented as performances, illustrated lectures and highly detailed mixed media installations.

‘welcome to hotel munber’ is a recreation of the bar in his parents’ hotel in spain during the 1970’s franco dictatorship, except re-written as his father suppresses his homoerotic fantasies and sublimates his new feelings architecturally into the environment of the room. presented in the 2011 singapore art biennale as a story recounted in performances both of himself and of the installation.

singapore biennale 2011: simon fujiwara image © designboom

porn magazines placed, partly hidden on the top shelf, along with a score of phallic objects hanging from the walls including suggestive castanets and sausages. intersecting commentary, micro-narratives of historical conjecture along with fictional erotic stories framed and set in the open add layers to fujiwara’s work that one could spend hours dissecting and discussing the implied meanings of.

singapore biennale 2011: simon fujiwara image © designboom

singapore biennale 2011: simon fujiwara image © designboom

singapore biennale 2011: simon fujiwara image © designboom

singapore biennale 2011: simon fujiwara image © designboom

singapore biennale 2011: simon fujiwara image © designboom singapore biennale 2011: simon fujiwara image © designboom

singapore biennale 2011: simon fujiwara image © designboom

video © designboomthe exaggerated fantasy that fujiwara portrays brings a social critique not only of the history of a nation but also of identity itself as a socially constructed idea. the video above is a segment from his presentation explaining his process to develop the story, the conflicts that drove it underground for a period of three years, and the opening scene to his erotic novel.

born in london, UK 1982, fujiwara lives and works in berlin.

— the third edition of the singapore biennale (SB2011) opened its doors to the public on march 13th and will run until may 15th, 2011.  designboom visited the shows led by artistic director matthew ngui and curators russell storer and trevor smith. the SB2011 open house program is organized by the singapore art museum (SAM) of the national heritage board and supported by the national arts council, singapore. 63 artists from 30 countries are presenting 161 works across four exhibition venues – SAM and SAM at 8Q, the national museum of singapore, old kallang airport and marina bay.