Tokyo Contemporary Art Award 2019-2021

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KAZAMA Sachiko

Born in Tokyo in 1972
Based in Tokyo

http://www.mujin-to.com/artist_kazama.htm

Profile

Graduated from Department of Printmaking, Musashino Art School in 1996

Recent exhibitions

  • 2018 "Empire of the Omen," NADiff a/p/a/r/t, Tokyo
  • 2018 "Dyslympia 2680," Maruki Gallery For The Hiroshima Panels, Saitama
  • 2018 "The Long Story," Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
  • 2017 "Yokohama Triennale- Islands, Constellations & Galapagos," Yokohama Museum of Art, Kanagawa
  • 2016 "Open Studio Program 69: Sachiko Kazama 'Unflagging Us'," Fuchu Art Museum, Tokyo
  • 2016 "Blitz!! School of Luddite," MUJIN-TO Production, Tokyo
  • 2016 "11th Gwangju Biennale: The Eighth Climate (What does art do?)," Gwangju Biennale Hall, Gwangju, South Korea
  • 2015 "18th DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow," The National Art Center, Tokyo
  • 2015 "2015 Asian Art Biennial: Artist Making Movement," National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
  • 2015 "Passage: A Day in Eternity," Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori

Award

  • 2016 "The 8th 'Tradition créatricé' Art Award," Japan Arts Foundation
  • 2006 "The 9th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art," Superior Prize
Kazama Sachiko probes the past to uncover the origins of contemporary phenomena, creating primarily black woodblock prints foreshadowing the dark clouds hanging over the future. She uses a variety of motifs, turning each print into nonsense in a manga-like style, experimenting with diverse forms of expression using a single color, black, but making effective use of its gradations. She uses sharp, knife-etched lines to artfully depict risky themes. Kazama's works show us facts about contemporary society and history that are difficult to see directly, but she sometimes depicts them in an absurd, comical manner. Here we see a reflection of her awareness that the artist herself wants to be a bystander, an observer, rather than being directly engaged in society. Her works portray fictional worlds, but, in creating them, she has carried out original, and thorough, research on old documents and other materials. By carving the black gloom of reality and history, she scoops out the lies from truth and depicts truth from lies.

Reasons for the Award

While committed to using woodblock printing, a traditional technique, this artist continues to create based on profoundly a personal critique in her thinking. Her works are original in a way that reflects the careful research and practice that inform their meticulous realization. The artist's internalized anger and disillusion toward society is sublimated in her creative process, making possible continued contact with society. We have high hopes that this award will support her efforts, enabling her to deepen both her research and practice further through activities overseas.

TCAA 2019-2021 WINNERS

  • KAZAMA Sachiko
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  • SHITAMICHI Motoyuki
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