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Simon Fujiwara, The Mirror Stage, 2009–. Performance view, Art Basel Miami Beach, December 3, 2009.

HALF JAPANESE AND HALF BRITISH, raised in a remote seaside village in England and gay, with an education in architecture as well as in art, Simon Fujiwara has a biography that is almost too full of potential for our “glocal,” multiethnic, multidisciplinary age. The temptation to read the twenty-seven-year-old artist’s practice through his personal life is irresistible, all the more so since his work—which moves among the registers of the performance-lecture, the sculptural installation, and the written word—is almost always ostensibly autobiographical, albeit with a liberal dose of fiction thrown in.

In the play and performance-lecture The Mirror Stage, 2009–, for example, Fujiwara explores his sexual and artistic coming-of-age. In the first version of the piece, presented at last year’s Art Basel Miami Beach, a young actor played the eleven-year-old Fujiwara as he

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