Simon Fujiwara and Samara Golden Win Mistake Room Prizes

Los Angeles’s The Mistake Room has named artists Simon Fujiwara of London and Samara Golden of Los Angeles winners of the inaugural TMR Artist Awards, recognizing each for a recent body of work pushing social and aesthetic bounds. Fujiwara received the International Artist Prize of $15,000 funded by Mexico’s private Colección Dieresis foundation and collection, and Golden received the $10,000 LA Artist Prize, funded by The Mistake Room’s Board of Directors. The duo will be recognized at a gala on March 28.

“Non-profit organizations ask a lot from artists, and they ask often, so when I founded this institution with artist Glenn Kaino, it was always a very personal goal of ours to one day be able to give back to artists with the same kind of generosity that helped make this space a reality,” Cesar Garcia, Mistake Room founder, said in a statement about the new awards. “We are honored to be able to celebrate two artists who in our opinion represent some of the most exciting and dynamic voices in the field of contemporary art.”

Born in 1982, Fujiwara is known for straddling fact and fiction in work that ranges across mediums, from films to installations and texts. For the Sharjah Biennial in 2013, for example, he documented the recreation of a lost photograph of his mother held in the arms of her Lebanese lover. Before his international renown, however, he worked in Los Angeles. “Because Los Angeles is the place in which I made some of the earliest works that mattered to me and in many ways set my path, receiving the TMR International Artist Prize is not only a great honor but is, personally, a poetic return for me,” Fujiwara said in a statement.

Born in 1973, Golden makes dizzying multimedia installations, often merging actual and illusorily space. Currently, her mind-bending hall of mirrors, “The Flat Side of the Knife,” is on view at MoMA PS1 through September 7, filling the gallery with staircases, beds, and other domestic objects.

The Mistake Room is the only nonprofit cultural institution in the city to center its programs around international artists. It was founded last year in downtown Los Angeles.

— Noelle Bodick (@nbodick)

(Photos: Courtesy the artists)