Contemporary Art Society announce Simon Fujiwara exhibition

Contemporary Art Society present Simon Fujiwara an exhibition on view 29 January–28 March 2014

Simon Fujiwara‘s Rebekkah was recently purchased for Leeds Art Gallery through the Contemporary Art Society Collections Committee.

Rebekkah is inspired by a 16-year-old girl from Hackney, who was one of the protagonists of the 2011 London Riots. Rebekkah was asked by Fujiwara to travel to China to take part in a unique social experiment, where her access to social media was restricted and she visited factories manufacturing the objects she aspired to own and took for granted (fashion clothing, mobile phones, flat-screen TVs). The trip culminated with a viewing of the Terracotta Army, after which Rebekkah was taken to a factory where casts were made of her body to be assembled into modern-day versions of the warriors. Up to 100 figures were created in this assembly line technique, shifting Rebekkah to a new position: a representative of a new breed of British-born warrior and a soldier for social change. An edition of the work will be on display at the Contemporary Art Society, with an accompanying video.

Established in 2012, the Contemporary Art Society Collections Committee selects and buys works by early and mid-career artists to gift to regional museums across the UK and is a vital part of our philanthropic work. The committee is chaired by Trustee, Cathy Wills. Leeds Art Gallery was selected to receive Rebekkah due to the museum’s extensive and important sculpture collection. The work feeds into existing narratives within the collections at Leeds and helps to chart the development of life-size figure sculpture and portrait sculpture from the 19th century.

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