Tokyo Contemporary Art Award

    2020-2022 2019-2021

    Tokyo Contemporary Art Award
    2020-2022 Exhibition

    March 19 (Sat.) – June 19 (Sun.), 2022
    Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

    The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo Arts and Space established the Tokyo Contemporary Art Award (TCAA) in 2018 as a contemporary art prize to encourage mid-career artists to make new breakthroughs in their work by providing them with several year of continuous support.
    An award exhibition will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo featuring Fujii Hikaru and Yamashiro Chikako, the winners of the second edition of TCAA for 2020-2022.

    About the Exhibition

    Held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, this exhibition features the works of the prize winners, Fujii Hikaru and Yamashiro Chikako, in the format of two solo exhibitions.

    Fujii has endeavored to respond to contemporary social issues by always incorporating the perspective of the present while empirically examining historical events in Japan and abroad. In this exhibition, he presents a new work that looks at the postwar debate over Japanese war art paintings from the official documents left behind by the United States occupation forces.

    Yamashiro’s practice has centered on her native Okinawa. She says that she finds the vision for her next project during the process of creating a work. She here presents a new piece based on her research in Okinawa, along with related past works.

    March 19 (Sat.) – June 19 (Sun.), 2022
    Mondays (Except 3/21), 3/22
    Open Hours
    Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
    Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo Arts and Space / Museum of Contemporary Art
    Tokyo of the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture

    *Subject to alteration according to the state of the COVID-19 infection. Visitors guideline is available here.

    FUJII Hikaru

    Born in Tokyo in 1976. Lives and works in Tokyo.
    His practice is based on the notion that artistic production implies a close relationship with society and history. Mainly in the form of video installation, he creates work that responds to contemporary social issues through detailed research and fieldwork on unique cultures and histories of various countries and regions.

    Artist Statement

    I spend my days looking through a microscope at microfilms of United States official documents. From these severely damaged one-centimeter rectangles emerges, albeit somewhat obscure, an image of the leadership of the Allied occupation of Japan that took photographs of Japanese war art paintings and was then unable to decide what to do with those confiscated paintings. While the coronavirus pandemic forced me to give up my plan to take a TCAA-funded research trip to Southeast Asia, I am instead traveling mentally through the battlefields of Asia once depicted by Japanese painters.

    The Anatomy Classroom, "Things Entangling" installation view at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2020

    Les nucléaires et les choses, 2019
    Photo: SHIIGI Shizune

    YAMASHIRO Chikako

    ⓒRyudai Takano

    Born in Okinawa in 1976.
    With the geopolitical situation and history of Okinawa, her native place, as her starting point, Yamashiro explores the voices, bodies, and souls of people left in East Asia while taking identity, the boundary between life and death, and changing memories of history as her theme, working in photography and video. She continues to address the latent potential of images and their possibilities for performativity.

    Artist Statement

    Blessed with a newborn baby, I spent my time during the COVID-19 pandemic just watching my child, and was unable to conduct the overseas research that was supposed to be supported by TCAA. However, for me, it was more important and necessary than ever to remain in the same place without going somewhere. I was fortunate that I could take time to thoroughly experience a state of transformation and flux. As I have been moving around more this year, though, I have noticed that the frame that I use to perceive the world is shifting. Being sensitive to the newly constructed and generated world, I hope to contemplate further so that I can choose and connect each and every thing to the future without fear of how we will change.

    Profile and Reasons for award >>

    A Woman of the Butcher Shop, 2012 version, 3-channel video installation
    ⓒ Chikako Yamashiro, Courtesy of Yumiko Chiba Associates

    Chinbin Western – Representation of the Family, 2019, Single-channel video and sound installation
    ⓒ Chikako Yamashiro, Courtesy of Yumiko Chiba Associates


    Details to be announced at a later date on the website.


    In conjunction with the opening of the exhibition, a monograph (in Japanese and English) is published for each artist that includes images of their works in addition to the artist’s own texts about their work and creative process, and contributions from experts. The PDF files will be published on this website around the end of March 2022.

    *The monographs are not for sale.

    About TCAA 2020-2022

    The selection of the two winners receiving the Award was decided through a process of jointly using the open-call implemented from July to August 2019 and recommendations, research and review of documents by the Selection Committee, and studio visits etc.

    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+)
    Maria LIND (Curator, Writer and Educator)
    Carol Yinghua LU (Director, Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum)
    KONDO Yuki (Program Director, Tokyo Arts and Space)

    *Positions and titles current as of the time of the 2019 selection process.