In the present times when hypotheses are easily turned into “facts” within SNS (social networking services), more layered understandings of the notions of truth arise from a creative use of historical archives and the reproduction of past events. Unfolding through interdisciplinary collaborations with specialists from various fields, Hikaru Fujii’s works address compelling contemporary issues through extensive fieldwork and in-depth research on cultures and histories specific to a certain country, or region. His aesthetic strategy breathes new meanings into significant recent or historical events ultimately triggering a critical perception of the current state of society. In this lecture performance, Fujii will expand upon his methodologies of re-enactment as a practice of political resistance and discuss how his work enlace the multiple terrains of archaeology, anthropology, history, and art.
The artistic practice of artist and filmmaker Hikaru Fujii (b. 1976, Japan) reflects his strong belief that art results from an intimate relationship between society and history. His work probes modern education and social systems in Japan and Asia often employing strategies of reenactment to address the contemporary relevance of historical events. He recently received a solo exhibition at KADIST, Paris, France (2019). His work has also been exhibited at Aichi Triennale, Japan (2019); Fast Forward Festival 5, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece (2018); Centre George Pompidou Metz, France (2017), and Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan (2016) among others. He was awarded the Nissan Art Award 2017 Grand Prix.
Image: Hikaru Fujii, The Primary Fact, 2018, video still, nine-channel video, 73 min. Courtesy the artist.