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Simon Fujiwara Joanne

A solo exhibition by Simon Fujiwara within the frame of UP (Unsustainable Privileges) curated by Solvej Helweg Ovesen and Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung

»I feel like I’m cheating if I say: I am a model, I am a teacher, I am a lover, I am an artist, I am a chameleon, I am a fighter… I am a person… I am a female.«
– Joanne

Simon Fujiwara’s film »Joanne« depicts the many faces of Joanne, Simon Fujiwara’s former secondary school teacher. Joanne Salley, winner of the 1998 Miss Northern Ireland beauty pageant, artist, teacher and champion boxer had a formative influence on Fujiwara, nurturing his creative talents as a scholarship student at the prestigious Harrow School for boys.

Some years after his departure, Joanne found herself at the centre of a damaging British tabloid scandal after students discovered and circulated topless photographs of her that had been taken privately.

The media campaign that followed played on stereotypes of women to support the sensational headlines, tarnishing her reputation as a teacher and public persona. In an attempt to fight the media’s branding of her as the »Topless Teacher«, Fujiwara and Joanne embarked on the production of a short film that explores issues Salley faced in the wake of the scandal as she seeks to craft a new, more authentic public image.

The exhibition is presented in the context of the two year long exhibition programme »Unsustainable Privileges« 2017/18 which questions the concept of privilege in a north-european, capitalist, and patriarchal context.

Further Events:
Q & A – A conversation with Simon Fujiwara 26. April at 7pm

A tour through the exhibition with curator Solvej Helweg Ovesen on 28th April at 4pm

Simon Fujiwara
Joanne, Simon Fujiwara, 2016. Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, The Photographers’ Gallery and Ishikawa Foundation. Courtesy of the artist.

Müllerstraße 146-147
13353 Berlin



21. Apr 2018 - 26. Mai 2018

Di-Sa, 12-19 Uhr


»Joanne« was commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, The Photographers' Gallery and Ishikawa Foundation, supported by Arts Council England. Many thanks to gallery Esther Schipper, Berlin, for the support regarding the exhibition technology.

With kind support of Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Spartenübergreifeden Förderung, des Ausstellungsfonds für Kommunale Galerien and Berliner Projektfonds für Kulturelle Bildung.


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