Work from the Collection


Date: 2018
Medium: Installation
Materials: Wax, Fibreglass, Small objects
Dimensions: 132 x 115 x 74 cm
Collection: Lafayette anticipations - Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin
Domain: Installation vidéo
Likeness, an installation produced specifically for Lafayette Anticipations’ "Revolution" exhibition, is constructed around the reproduction of the figure of Anne Frank, identical to the one on display at Madame Tussauds Berlin since 2012. The young girl is portrayed in the process of writing her diary at her desk amidst the decor of her hiding place. An image of a frozen, ever-fragile humanity, the mannequin looks at the viewer with a slight smile. Pushing the visceral need to make images to the extreme, a compulsion already at work in these museums that have become the pretext for incessant selfies, Simon Fujiwara decided to film the wax doll with a Bolt camera equipped with a robotic arm and control rig. Anne Frank thus becomes the object of an intrusive scrutiny that borders on indecency. As a counterpoint to Lafayette Anticipations’ machine-building, Likeness appears as the harbinger of a mechanised world in which the notion of collective memory is confronted with the cold, unrestrained objectivity of gestures formerly performed by human beings.


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