Nissan Art Award 2017 finalists chosen

Nissan Art Award 2017 finalists chosen

By Scott Green

June 18, 2017

Five artists to participate in exhibition ahead of Grand Prix winner announcement

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has named the finalists for the Nissan Art Award 2017.

The five emerging contemporary Japanese artists were among 25 candidates who were nominated for the first selection round in New York in May, with Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn in attendance. They will create new artwork for an exhibition taking place from Sept. 16 to Nov. 5, 2017, at BankART Studio NYK in Yokohama. Nissan will announce the Grand Prix winner on Sept. 27.

The winner of the Nissan Art Award 2017 will receive the opportunity to participate in an artist residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York. This renowned residency program combines the use of a studio facility with regular visits from curators, critics and gallerists, allowing artists to present their work directly to influential figures in the art world.

I continue to be amazed by the talent and diversity expressed by emerging Japanese artists, as reflected in the nominations for the Nissan Art Award selection process, Ghosn said. I look forward to seeing the finalists new creations on display this fall.

Jean de Loisy, a member of the international jury, said, The selection process was a discovery of what is happening on the creation scene in Japan. The inner world of the artists varies from being sometimes combative, to politic, purely poetic or narrative. I hope this diversity would give us a feeling of what is not only the newest but also the deepest of the new expressions of Japan nowadays.

Jessica Morgan, another member of the international jury, said, “The great thing about visual artists is also that they are very unpredictable. So we have no idea what direction they will choose to go. Im very intrigued to see what these artists will produce.

Nissan Art Award 2017 finalists (Listed in alphabetical order of surnames )

Name Date / place of birth / base
Motoyuki Daifu 1985 / Tokyo / Tokyo
Hikaru Fujii 1976 / Tokyo / Tokyo
Ryuichi Ishikawa 1984 / Okinawa / Okinawa
Yuichiro Tamura 1977 / Toyama / Shizuoka
Nami Yokoyama 1986 / Gifu / Ibaraki

  Hikaru Fujii
The Educational System of an Empire   2016
Ryuichi Ishikawa
NAHA, 2013   2013
Motoyuki Daifu
Still Life   2013
Yuichiro Tamura
Milky Bay   2016
Nami Yokoyama
The first object   2016


The finalists

Motoyuki Daifu
He explores the everyday things around us in a humorous,ironical manner through comprehensive images that seem to traverse the ordinary and extraordinary.
Hikaru Fujii
He is known for his work that draws on archive materials with a focus on video and film media to present reinterpretations of social events, history, memory and relationships as well as new hope for the future. His output encompasses not only installations and video, but also workshops, documentaries, and writing and directing for theater and film.
Ryuichi Ishikawa
His photography captures portraits of the people, streets and landscapes of his native Okinawa. The energy and appearance emanating from the subjects he frames in his viewfinder vividly reveal the multi-faceted nature of Japan today.
Yuichiro Tamura
He samples existing images or his own photographic materials to compose new landscapes and narratives that transcend time and space by eliciting and reconstructing original relationships.
Nami Yokoyama
Her still life paintings deal with seemingly trivial motifs that exist quietly in everyday life, such as chicken bones, used telephone cards, or empty toilet paper rolls. However, on the surface of her work there lingers a certain sadness or strangeness.



Organized and sponsored by: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Directed, coordinated and exhibition curated by: Arts Initiative Tokyo
In association with: International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP)

Exhibition overview

Title: NISSAN ART AWARD 2017: Exhibition of New Works by Five Finalists
Exhibition period:Saturday, Sept. 16 – Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 *
*Closed on the second and fourth Thursday of every month.
Venue: BankART Studio NYK, 2F, 3-9 Kaigan Dori, Naka-ku, Yokohama
Exhibition support by: BankART 1929
Associate support by: City of Yokohama

Final selection and ceremony

The jury selects the Grand Prix winner based on the exhibition. An Audience Award will be given based on votes from the public. All winners will be announced at the invitation-only award ceremony and reception on Sept. 27.


Finalists: 1 million yen
Grand Prix: A total value of 5 million yen (finalist prize money and an additional 2 million yen, as well as 3 months of overseas residency program at ISCP with expert counseling and subsidy for travel, living and research costs), plus a trophy

International jury members:

Fumio Nanjo (chair) Director, Mori Art Museum (Tokyo)
Jean de Loisy Director, Palais de Tokyo (Paris)
Sunjung Kim Director, Art Sonje Center/Artistic director, Real DMZ Project (Seoul)
Jessica Morgan Director, Dia Art Foundation (New York)
Lawrence Rinder Director and chief curator, Berkeley Museum and Pacific Film Archive (California)


Additional details:


Activities of previous finalists
The Nissan Art Award offers sustained support for the activities of past finalists. Here are some examples of the upcoming activities of previous award finalists:

Nissan Art Award 2015 finalist Takahiro Iwasaki:
Exhibiting at the Japan Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (May 13 – Nov. 26, 2017)

Nissan Art Award 2013 finalist Tatzu Nishi:
Exhibiting artworks from the Nissan Art Collection at YCC Gallery, Yokohama (Sept. 18 – Nov. 5, 2017)

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2016, the company sold 5.63 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.72 trillion yen. Nissan engineers, manufactures and markets the world’s best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissans global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500 and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault under the Renault-Nissan Alliance since 1999. In 2016, Nissan acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors, which became the third member of the Alliance a grouping with combined annual sales of almost 10 million units a year.

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