Tokyo Contemporary Art Award 2020-2022



Born in Okayama in 1978
Based in Aichi

photo by IMAZU Satoko


  • January 5 - March 29, 2020
    "'Time' in contemporary art"
    Takamatsu Art Museum, Kagawa
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  • April 18 - June 21, 2020
    "Exhibition in Japan of the Japan Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition
    La Biennale di Venezia, Cosmo-Eggs"
    Artizon Museum, Tokyo
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Graduated with a BA in Oil painting from Musashino Art University in 2001.

Recent exhibitions

  • 2019 Solo Exhibition "Floating Monuments," Ohara museum of art / yurinso, Okayama
  • 2019 "Intimate distance. Masterpieces from the Ishikawa Collection," MO.CO. Hôtel des collections, Montpellier
  • 2019 "58th La Biennale di Venezia," Japan Pavilion, Venice
  • 2018 "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
  • 2017 "MOT Satellite," Various locations in Kiyosumi-shirakawa, Tokyo, Organizer: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
  • 2017 "Immortal Makeshifts," Mullae Studio M30, Seoul
  • 2017 "Moving/Image," Arko Art Center, Seoul
  • 2016 Solo Exhibition "Open yourself to the landscape," Kurobe City Art Museum, Toyama
  • 2015 Solo Exhibition "Mother's Covers," Toyota Municipal Museum of Art [Library], Aichi


  • 2015 "Photo City Sagamihara prizes for newcomer professionals"
  • 2013 "The 6th Okayama Prefectural Mr.I Development of Rising Artists Award," Grand Prize
  • 2012 "Gwangju Biennale," Noon Award, (Emerging Artist)
Shitamachi Motoyuki spent four years researching and photographing gun batteries and hangars for military aircraft throughout Japan, publishing the results in the Forms of War series (2001-2005). He then traveled to America, Taiwan, Russia, and Korea to shoot Japanese shrine gates remaining from Japan's colonial period for his masterpiece Torii series (2006-2012). Shitamachi, known for creative activities based on extensive travel and fieldwork, produces works that, while documenting landscapes, are not an archive of historical facts. They are evidence of stories forgotten in everyday life or so routine as to seem trivial, brought to life through photographs, events, and interviews, edited to restore their reality, and shown to us today to be events beside us, that continue to affect life today.

Chair of the Selection Committee, Maria LIND Comment

The jury of the TCAA award spent three exciting days together in Tokyo and Kyoto exploring the work of 7 artists, all nominated for the TCAA award. After intensive and interesting discussions we concluded that Kazama Sachiko and Shitamichi Motoyuki were the winners. Both of them have strong practices and are at a moment in their work where the possibility to spend time abroad can be very fruitful.

In Shitamichi Motoyuki’s sensitive work, borders are often transgressed. Whether with photography, videos, objects, interviews, workshops or other social situations, he is observing and connecting things which are apart. Drift bottles on the island of Okinawa, toriis in Japan’s former colonies, and a giant tsunami boulder lying alone since 1771 on a sandy beach, far from its geological companions – they all operate slowly over longer periods of time.

Reasons for the Award

In most of this artist's works, the theme touches on the nature of boundaries and on relations between humanity and nature through the medium of those boundaries. Long, careful observation informs the lyrical quality of the process by which these works are created. Connections between relationships are precisely and carefully executed, using a unique creative vocabulary that underlies each work. The artist stands in the middle of a map, his work connecting point to point. With this award, we hope to add new impetus to this artist's work, allowing him to dig even more deeply into the meaning of "connectivity" that will lead him to new developments.

TCAA 2019-2021 WINNERS

  • KAZAMA Sachiko
  • SHITAMICHI Motoyuki