Nissan Art Award 2015

  • Finalist Top
  • Sayaka Akiyama
  • Tsuyoshi Hisakado
  • Takashi Ishida
  • Takahiro Iwasaki
  • Futoshi Miyagi
  • Yuko Mohri
  • Tomoko Yoneda
Futoshi Miyagi
Futoshi Miyagi
Photo:Kris Kang

Born in 1981 in Okinawa, lives and works in Tokyo.
After graduating from high school, Futoshi Miyagi moved to New York after living in Osaka and started his career as an artist whilst working in a bookstore specializing in art-related books. Miyagi's works are mostly derived from his personal experiences and memories, and underlying themes such as nationality, ethnicity, and identity. He develops these ideas and experiences in the form of photographs, videos, objects, texts, and installations.
His recent major exhibitions include “Time of Others” (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo/ The National Museum of Art Osaka, 2015), “VOCA: The Vision of Contemporary Art 2015”, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, 2015), “American Boyfriend: Bodies of Water” (Solo Exhibition, Kyoto City University of the Arts Gallery @KCUA and Horikawa Danchi, 2014) and “New Message” (Solo Exhibition, Post, Tokyo, 2013).
Miyagi is currently participating in “Time of Others,” which is at Singapore Art Museum (November 2015 to February 2016), and touring worldwide, including Queensland Art Gallery|Gallery of Modern Art (June to September 2016). His work will also feature at “Roppongi Crossing 2016” (Mori Art Museum).

Artist's comment

Pursuing my practice over the past few years, I have been intensely conscious of searching for ways to connect what I suppose one might call introspective or local questions, such as personal memories and issues surrounding Okinawa where I grew up, with the larger world, and create works that serve as universal narratives. I am honored to have been chosen as a finalist on this occasion, and excited that it will give more people access to my work. I hope to offer something that gathers up fragments of stories sown in various places and using various techniques during my practice to date, and look forward to seeing what kind of response is generated by the resulting work.


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