Charles Simonds (*1945 in New York City) ist ein US-amerikanischer Bildhauer.
Seit 1970 schafft Charles Simonds Behausungen für eine imaginäre Zivilisation der “Little People”, sog. „Dwellings“, die durch die Straßen von Stadtviertelen in der ganzen Welt wandern: New York, Paris, Shanghai, Berlin, London, Dublin, und andere Städten. Jede Behausung stellt eine andere Zeit und einen anderen Ort in der Geschichte des Lebens der „Little People“ dar.
Simonds hatte Einzelausstellungen/Retrospektiven im Guggenheim Museum in New York, dem Jeu de Paume in Paris, La Caixa, Barcelona und dem Institut Valencia d’Art Modern (IVAM). Seine Arbeit ist in den Sammlungen vieler Museen, darunter MoMA, Whitney und Guggenheim Museen in New York ; Centre Pompidou, Paris, IVAM, Valencia, Israel Museum, Jerusalem und Kunsthaus Zürich.
Charles Simonds – Munich Dwellings (Übersetzung siehe unten)
Since 1970 I have been constructing Dwelling places for an imaginary civilization of Little People who are migrating through streets of neighborhoods of cities throughout the world. Each Dwelling tells part of the story of the lives of these people, where they go, what they do how they live and what they believe.
In those 45 years I have worked in New York, in Shanghai, in Berlin, Paris, London and many, many other cities, most recently in Hassan, India. Often I have worked in neighborhoods that are home to immigrant populations. In the 1970’s I worked in the largely Turkish neighborhood of Kreuzeberg, Berlin, in New York in the mostly Caribbean Lower East Side, in Belleville, in Paris, which was largely North African and Spanish and so on.
Reactions vary tremendously given the different sociology and culture of each locale.
Most people imagine the Little People’s Dwellings as an image of their own imagined primitive past of their culture. Americans believe the Dwellings represent Pueblo Indians, North Africans living in Belleville, saw them as Moroccan villages, Turkish people living in Kreuzeberg, believed they represented homes in Anatolia.
Thinking about the Dwellings people often feel nostalgia for homes they may have left behind in their past, representing their place of origin. Some people see them as a wished for future, of connecting to their emotional homeland. While I work, children often join in and make their own imaginative dwellings, and I welcome that.
In Munich I want to invite children of many different neighborhoods and backgrounds to create individual personal fantasies collectively. Neighborhood by neighborhood, in public venues, I would like to reveal to each community what their children’s fantasies are, and ultimately to be able to have residents of each neighborhood, and the public of Munich, generally, the chance to see what children from differing neighborhoods have done.
During my stay in Munich I will also be creating Dwellings throughout the city for my own imaginary civilization.