• Ishu Han
  • Sachiko Kazama
  • Souichirou Mihara
  • Nobuko Tsutiya
  • Ei Wada
Nissan Art Award 2020 Grand Prix
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Nissan Art Award 2020 A Report from Wuhan K11 Art Village

Ishu Han
Ishu Han

Born in Shanghai in 1987, Ishu Han resides in Tokyo. He received an MFA in inter media art from the Tokyo University of Arts in 2012. Employing various media such as video, installation, photography and painting, he creates work that refers to identity.
The exhibitions he took part in include "Thank You Memory: From Cidre to Contemporary Art" (Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art, 2020), solo exhibition "YOUR KINDNESS" (Kobe Art Village Center, 2020), solo exhibition "still there" (Anomaly, Tokyo, 2020), “Publicness of the Art Center – Phase1” (Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, 2019), “Cross Domain” (Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou, 2018), “Yet not to be attained” (University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2018), solo exhibition “The Drifting Thinker” (MoCA Pavilion, Shanghai, 2017), “Sights and Sounds: Highlights” (The Jewish Museum, New York, 2016), “In the Wake – Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11” (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2015 / Japan Society, New York, 2016), “Whose game is it?” (Royal College of Art Gallery, London, 2015), “Asia Anarchy Alliance” (Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, 2014) and many others in and outside of Japan. He was a grantee of the Asian Cultural Council in 2014. In 2015, he participated in artist-in-residence programs in New York at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) and Residency Unlimited.

Comment as a Selected Finalist

Thanks to the support of many individuals, I continue to make work and express my ideas today. I want to continue making art in the same way that I continue to breathe. And in being seen by many others, I hope that my work will also begin breathing of its own accord. I’m very pleased to have been selected as a finalist for the Nissan Art Award. I’m looking forward to many new encounters through my artwork in the summer of 2020.

Comment on the Finalists Exhibition

During this long period of self-restraint, I came to realize just how much the self exists according to connections with the external. It is a very special situation to exhibit in a public space right now, and the time spent creating my work was also an anguished time spent imagining that. In our present, when movement is suspended and only the circulation of consumption is in motion, I hope that my work can continue to exist within strangers by this public viewing.

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