We meet the winner of Frieze Art Fair's Cartier Award for emerging artists
Simon Fujiwara looks every inch the thrusting young archaeologist, sifting dirt and unearthing precious artefacts in an imaginary ancient city. In fact, as winner of the Frieze Art Fair’s prestigious annual Cartier Award for emerging artists, Fujiwara has created this entire underground world from scratch. Titled ‘Frozen’, his realistic but fictional archaeological sites will be dug into the ground and scattered throughout the fair for viewers to stumble upon and peer into. Having only left art school in 2008, after growing up in the remote Cornish town of St Ives, the 28-year-old British-Japanese artist is now at the centre of the international art world – with studios in Berlin and Mexico City and recent shows in Brazil, Spain, Switzerland and San Francisco.
Interview: Ossian Ward