Born in Tokyo in 1976
Based in Tokyo
Graduated with a DEA (MA) from Université de Paris 8 in 2004
- 2019 Solo Exhibition "Les nucléaires et les choses," KADIST, Paris
- 2019 "Aichi Triennale 2019: Taming Y/Our Passion," Nagoya City Art Museum
- 2019 "Contour Biennale 9," Mechelen, Belgium
- 2019 "Zero Gravity World," Seoul Museum of Art
- 2019 "The Breathing of Maps," Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media
- 2018 Solo Exhibition "The Primary Fact," ISCP, New York
- 2018 "Catastrophe and the Power of Art," Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
- 2018 "How little you know about me," National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Seoul
- 2018 "Fast Forward Festival 5," Onassis Cultural Center, Athens
- 2018 "Manila Biennale," San Ignacio Church, Philippines
- 2018 "Travelers: Stepping into the unknown," National Museum of Art, Osaka
- 2017 "Nissan Art Award 2017," Grand prize
Chair of the Selection Committee Comment
In the selection process for this second Tokyo Contemporary Art Award (TCAA), having the six finalists as candidates, we visited the artists’ studios and other spaces in Tokyo and the Kansai area, and carried out interviews and intensive discussions for a three-day period. We concluded to award two artists, Fujii Hikaru and Yamashiro Chikako, for the 2020-2022 period. Both made us full of expectations about their conceptions for new work and their making a turn from their practice thus far.
This year the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus meant that some members of the selection committee had to put off their trips to Japan, but the Internet enabled them to take part in the entire selection process and provided a setting for a full discussion. While that experience confirmed that the net, as a means of communication, enabled us to overcome the barrier of distance, to share and deepen our discussion, it also made us painfully aware that unpredictable changes, including disease and disaster, can readily block travel between countries and the sharing of experiences, which had been so simple.
Fujii Hikaru’s work varies between a cinematic practice with a script, and a documentary approach, recording the situation and performers objectively. He adapts archival materials with them in attempts to reconsider history through moving image. This time he has been exploring a theme deeply related to his personal history, with he himself narrating, and conceives of his new work from a point near the perspective of both the subject and the creator.
Reasons for the Award