Award Ceremony and Symposium

Award Ceremony and Symposium

Tokyo Contemporary Art Award 2019-2021

The winners have been decided upon for the first ever Tokyo Contemporary Art Award (TCAA), for mid-career artists whose work, including work produced outside Japan, deserves global recognition. This award, established by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo Arts and Space is intended to encourage these artists to make new breakthroughs in their art. Details of the Award Ceremony and Symposium are as follows.

WinnersKAZAMA Sachiko, SHITAMICHI Motoyuki
DateApril 21 (Sun), 2019, 15:00-17:00 (Doors open for 14:30-)
[Award Ceremony: 15:00-15:30, Award Symposium: 15:40-17:00] 
VenueB2 Auditorium, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0022 Japan
AdmissionAdmission Free / Reservations required / With Japanese-English interpretation provided
ContentsAt this symposium to commemorate the first Tokyo Contemporary Art Award, the winners and judges will discuss plans for future work, an overview of the awards, and hopes for the future.
panelistsWinners :
KAZAMA Sachiko

The International Selection Committee :
KAMIYA Yukie (Gallery Director, Japan Society, New York)
SUMITOMO Fumihiko (Director, Arts Maebashi / Associate Professor, Graduate School of Tokyo University of the Arts)
Doryun CHONG (Deputy Director / Curatorial and Chief Curator, M+)
Carol Yinghua LU (Director, Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum)
KONDO Yuki (Program Director, Tokyo Arts and Space)

Moderator : SHIOMI Yuko (Director, Arts Initiative Tokyo)

*Because of other commitments, Maria LIND will not participate.
*Please note that the list of panelists is subject to change.
how to applyPlease apply by Email if you will attend by April 11 (Thu).
In the text, please indicate your name, the phone number and attendance and put "TCAA Ceremony" in the subject line.
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Award Winners' Profiles

KAZAMA Sachiko

Born in Tokyo in 1972. Based in Tokyo. Graduated from Department of Printmaking, Musashino Art School in 1996.

Work focuses on dark woodblock prints that explore the past in search of the roots of contemporary phenomena and foreshadow dark clouds hanging over the future. In her woodblock prints she experiments with a variety of styles, using compositions embodying a variety of motifs in one picture plane, including a somewhat manga-like style with a nonsensical touch. She makes skillful use of the light and dark shades in her monochromatic black prints. The sharp lines her chisel produces adroitly express delicate themes.

Recent exhibitions: Dyslympia 2680, Maruki Gallery For The Hiroshima Panels, Saitama, 2018; The Long Story, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia, 2018; Yokohama Triennale- Islands, Constellations & Galapagos, Yokohama Museum of Art, Kanagawa, 2017; 11th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea, 2016; 2015 Asian Art Biennial: Artist Making Movement, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan, 2015. Award: The 8th 'Tradition créatricé' Art Award, Japan Arts Foundation, 2016.

Dyslympics 2680, woodcut print (Japanese paper, oil ink) 2018 Photo: MIYAJIMA Kei © KAZAMA Sachiko, Courtesy of MUJIN-TO Production

Baron Kindai Goshu Maro in Iwo Jima, woodcut print (panel, Japanese paper, oil ink), 2017 Photo: MIYAJIMA Kei © KAZAMA Sachiko, Courtesy of MUJIN-TO Production


Born in Okayama in 1978. Based in Aichi. Graduated with a BA in Oil painting from Musashino Art University in 2001.

Known for his Forms of War series (2001-2005), for which he traveled all over Japan photographing remains of war; his Sunday Painter series (2006-2010), which traces the path of his grandfather's travels revealed in the paintings he left us; and his Torii (Gate) series (2006-2012), for which he photographed remains in formerly colonized places around the outer boundary of the Japanese empire. His art continues to be grounded in on-going travel and field work.

Recent exhibitions: MOVING STONES, KADIST, Paris, 2018; Our Daily Our Border, Tai Kwun, Hong Kong, 2018; Gwangju Biennale 2018, Gwangju, Korea, 2018; Takamatsu Contemporary Art Annual Vol.07, Takamatsu Art Museum, Kagawa, 2018; MOT Satellite, various locations in Kiyosumi-Shirakawa, Organizer: Tokyo Arts and Space, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, 2017.

Award: Gwangju Biennale, Noon Award (Emerging Artist). He has also been selected to represent Japan in the Japan Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019.

Floating monuments glasses, mixed media, 2015-

Tsunami Boulder video, 2015-


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Participating Creator

KAZAMA Sachiko