The ninth President of Tokyo University of the Arts
We set up “The TAKIFUJI Art Award” scholarship program in 1980. Our aim is to support artistically talented young students who would contribute to the future of the art and culture. Presently the scholarship draws students from 13 domestic and 13 foreign institutions-6 from Asia, and 7 from Europe and the U.S. The scholarship provides 300,000 yen a year to each recipient. Over the last 41 years we’ve provided support to 800 students, some of whom have become leaders in the art world.
As The Association promote public art all over japan, we set up “The Takafuji Art Award” in 1980 to foster young talents who could contribute to the future of public art. Since we extended our invitations to overseas students in 1991, we changed the name to “The International TAKIFUJI Art Award.” Presently, the scholarship draws students from 13 foreign institutions as well as 13 domestic colleges. Over the last 41 years (by 2020), we have provided support for a total of 800 young art students from Japan and abroad. Some have become leaders in the art world. Among them, sculptor Noe Aoki, a 1st year grantee; contemporary artist; Yoshitomo Nara, a 5th year grantee; contemporary artist, Kenji Yanobe, a 9th year grantee; and sculptor and associate professor at Tokyo University of the Arts, Motohiko Odani, a 15th year grantee.
|Total of winners||800|
|Total Scholarship||233.8 million yen ($2.33million)|
“Comfortable living” is based on the motif of the housing complex with barrier-free where my grandmother lives. It was made before the Covid-19, but it is a domestic work that focuses on small changes and discomfort in everyday life. This consciousness did not change much my other works during the infection of the Covid-19 and I think it was a very good opportunity for me to be able to close-up a small matters that I would normally miss. Receiving the award in this situation will be a big step toward graduation work and for the activities as an artist in near future.
The series of paintings entitled Hikikomori , these young people who decide to isolate and cut any contact with society, was born two years ago as I researched possible subjects for my masters thesis. I had been interested in Japanese society and language for a long time and wanted to explore this specific phenomenon because I felt that it touched something deeply human and universal, yet at the same time I could relate to it personally, through my own life experience.
In the spring of 2018 I had the opportunity to study at Musashino Art University in Tokyo as an exchange student. There, I confronted my idea of Japan to reality and gained a deeper understanding.
It’s only when I came back to France and started working on my graduation show that I finally decided to tackle the study of Hikikomori seriously, but this time as a purely artistic subject. As a painter, I think a lot about the way humans interact or fail to interact with each other, but also how individuals deal with virtuality and as a result, how both tend to collide in our contemporary societies. Screens, images, video games as escapism… using photographs and stills from documentaries, I recreate the environments in which Hikikomori live. Rooms full of random objects, books, gaming devices but also trash.
Isolated and withdrawn, a lone figure is visible. A subtle shift occurs: I replace the individuals from the original pictures with my own body. I place myself in the space, facing my own solitude, exploring the possibilities as well as the vulnerability inherent to the act of self-portraiture. I will be graduating from Beaux-Arts de Paris in October of this year and will be an artist in residence at Ateliers du Plessix-Madeuc in Brittany, France from January to March 2021.
|Prize for Excellence / Grand Prize||KOBAYASHI Konomi||Musashino Art University, Japan|
|Prize for Excellence / International Grand Prize||Ymane CHABI-GARA||École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, France|
|Prize for Excellence||SUZUKI Ryohei||Aichi University of the Arts, Japan|
|SHIRAHAMA Mariko||Kanazawa College of Art, Japan|
|SONODA Yukino||Kyoto University of Arts (former Kyoto University of Art and Design), Japan|
|HORI Misa||Joshibi University of Art and Design, Japan|
|ABE Yuki||Tama Art University, Japan|
|ARAKAWA Koken||Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan|
|UEDA Tetsuya||Tokyo Zokei University, Japan|
|SEKI Echika||Tohoku University of Art and Design, Japan|
|KIM Jeongwoo||Nihon University, Japan|
|MORISHITA Maho||Hiroshima City University, Japan|
|Eun-Ho LEE||Seoul National University, Korea|
|Jinwan ZHANG||Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University, China|
|Suhuai HUANG||Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore|
|Jyunkyu LIM||Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, Germany|
|Veronica TORRES||Art Center College of Design, USA|
|Special Jury Prize||MASUI Saori||Kanazawa College of Art, Japan|
|HARADA Ayano||Tohoku University of Art and Design, Japan|
|Caroline MEYER||Berlin University of the Arts, Germany|
The Grand Prize winner is selected from among winners of Prize for Excellence.
OHKOJIMA Maki Artist
|Qualifications||Students who are qualified and recommended by professor|
|Award Amount||Prize for excellence: 300,000 JPY single installment
Jury’s Special Award: 100,000 JPY single installment
|Application Deadline||June 15th, 2020|
|Results Announced||Middle of September, 2020|
|Award Ceremony||TBA, in October/ November, 2020|
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Taki Fuji Foundation was established in 1968 as an aid program to foster potential in the younger generation. The name of “Taki Fuji” was taken by the name of Taki FUJITARO, who is one of the founder. It is available to people working in transportation or traffic related businesses (including tourism) and their family members currently attending university or another form of higher education. Each year around 50 participants are selected and receive financial assistance or full scholarship. Up to 2020, the students who received the scholarship are more than 1800.