Nissan Art Award 2015



Venue: BankART Studio NYK (3-9 Kaigan Dori, Naka-ku, Yokohama)
Dates: November 14th(Sat)-December 27th(Sun)


Sayaka Akiyama, Tsuyoshi Hisakado, Takashi Ishida, Takahiro Iwasaki, Futoshi Miyagi, Yuko Mohri, Tomoko Yoneda


Organized by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Directed, Coordinated and Exhibition Curated By Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
In association with Camden Arts Centre
Exhibition Support By BankART1929
Associate Support By City of Yokohama

*The exhibition will be closed to the public on November 24 (Tue) for the event.



American Boyfriendトーク:「物語のなかで語る「私」


住所:150-0001 東京都渋谷区神宮前3-20-13
日時:2015年8月23日(日) 15:00-

2012年から続けているAmerican Boyfriendにおいて、物語・ナラティブはとても重要な要素として、プロジェクト開始当初から存在していました。戦後沖縄についてのリサーチや現地調査などを踏まえつつ、自分自身の沖縄での体験やフィクションを織り交ぜながら、ごくパーソナルな語りかけを試みること。それが、プロジェクトの核として存在しており、そんな中で、どう物語を形作るか、そしてそれを語る「私」をどのように構築するのかということは、作品においてとても重要な問題でした。そこで参照したのは、現代文学でした。American Boyfriendプロジェクトを構想し始めた2011年以降、毎月2、3冊の文芸誌を読み漁り、単行本や文庫本を部屋に積み上げながら、多くの現代文学作品の世界に触れ続けてきました。今回は、そんな中でも個人に強く影響を受けた作家である柴崎友香さんと青木淳悟さんをお招きして、物語における「私」の語りのありかた、そしてその「私」が見ている世界と現実との奇妙な距離感についてなど、お話を伺えたらと思います。




Time of Others

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Venue: National Museum of Art, Osaka

Dates: July 25th(Sat)-September 23th(Wed)

Artists: Kim Beom, Heman Chong, Kiri Dalen, Graham Fletcher, Ho Tzu Nyen, Saleh Husein, Jonathan Jones, Tsubasa Kato, On Kawara, Võ An Khánh, An-My Lê, Basir Mahmood, Lim Minouk, Futoshi Miyagi, Pratchaya Phinthong, Bruce Quek, Motoyuki Shitamichi, Natee Utarit, Vandy Rattana, Danh Vo

Organized by:
National Museum of Art Osaka
The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Queensland Art Gallery, Australia
Singapore Art Museum
Japan Foundation, Asia Center


Japanese Nightingale Doesn’t Sing At Night

Curated by American Boyfriend

Johanna Billing

Venue: XYZ collective
Dates: June 21st (sun) – July 19th (sun), 2015 /  14:00 – 19:00, closed on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Opening Reception:  June 21st (sun) 16:00-19:00
Artists: Johanna Billing, Carlos Motta, Hajime Sawatari, Yui Usui, Amy Yao


But if we are social beings and our survival depends upon a recognition of interdependency (which may not depend on the perception of likeness), then it is not as an isolated and bounded being that I survive, but as one whose boundary exposes me to others in ways that are voluntary and involuntary (sometimes at once), an exposure that is the condition of sociality and survival alike.
Judith Butler “Frames of War –When is Life Grievable?” (Verso, 2009)


I started American Boyfriend in 2012 as a way of researching the post-war history of Okinawa, where the fences of American military bases have created boundaries that divide both land and society. Through the project I aim to unearth clandestine relationships, such as an intimate connection shared by an American serviceman and a local Okinawan man, that were nurtured by the presence of such boundaries yet never surface within the official historical narrative. This exhibition stems from my interest in whether these boundaries exist outside of Okinawa, and if so, what relationships do they produce and how do such relationships resonate with one another?


As Butler wrote, if there is “an exposure that is the condition of sociality and survival alike,” then the resulting relationship may indeed be universal. Such relationships may exist in various parts of the world, various time periods throughout history, and various regions with language- or culture-based conflicts; equally there are those who attempt to destroy the boundaries, and those who attempt to co-exist in spite of the divisions caused by such boundaries. The majority of such instances do not affect politicians nor artists, instead it is people like ourselves, those who are simply trying to live ordinary lives. We are constantly exposed to boundaries. And while boundaries can be sites of confrontation, they also have the potential to be sites where new relationships are nurtured. It is not too futile to imagine sharing the same air as those on the other side of the boundary, or even reaching out to them.


More than a century ago in America, the Chinese-Canadian novelist Winnifred Eaton adopted the pen name of Onoto Watanna and after claiming to be Japanese-American, went on to write numerous novels set in Japan. “Japanese Nightingale” was a bestseller at the time, but its title is a contradiction in itself. The uguisu, which Eaton referred to as the Japanese Nightingale, doesn’t in fact sing at night as the nightingale does. Yet we must remember that the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean separated the author from her novel’s setting – her romantic story resulted from reaching out to imagine the other side.


Futoshi Miyagi, April 20th, 2015

Hajime Sawatari__Yui Usui__Amy Yao__Johanna Billing


Sight Seeing

(Work in progress)

(Scroll down for more images)

Photograph a person, in darkness, with exposure time of one minute or more.

I’ve never faced a subject in a honest manner using photographic media. Sometimes I staged (Strangers), sometimes I went virtual (You were there in front of me). I never thought that I would be qualified to call myself a photographer, in the end, what I wanted from shooting sessions were not photographs themselves, but relationships formed there. Even if the situation was staged, even if the whole thing seemed like a detour, I looked for a possibility. I liked the slowness of the process.

During the time of daguerreotypes (those staged, gentle portraits), when the exposure took minutes, what went through between the photographer and the photographed? During the motionless, awkward minutes, there seemed to be a possibility to create trust and intimacy between the two. A subtle breeze that causes gentle blur. Nevertheless, my digital DSR will finish an exposure within a blink, it can only portray an instant.

I can put the lights off, then. So that the exposure takes much longer. In the dark room, without moving, I face the subject for minutes. The camera will slowly record him with the help of the dimmest of the available lights. Darkness can be an escape, but darkness enables the camera to capture things that elude our poor eyesight. In the forced, nevertheless honest minutes, what sort of relationship will be established between us? And what will the images show?

Futoshi Miyagi

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A Few Minutes of Sight Seeing

A Few Minutes of Sight Seeing #21
Duration: 3:42min

Shooting Session for Sight Seeing #21

A Few Minutes of Sight Seeing #21 from Futoshi Miyagi on Vimeo.


Sight Seeing #12

Duration: 2:28min

Shooting Session for Sight Seeing #12

A Few Minutes of Sight Seeing #12 from Futoshi Miyagi on Vimeo.


Shooting Session for Sight Seeing #21

Duration: 3:12min

Shooting Session for Sight Seeing #11

A Few Minutes of Sight Seeing #11 from Futoshi Miyagi on Vimeo.

Time of Others

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Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Dates: April 11th(Sat)-June 28th(Sun)

Artists: キリ・ダレナ、グレアム・フレッチャー、サレ・フセイン、ホー・ツーニェン、イム・ミヌク、ジョナサン・ジョーンズ、河原温、アン・ミー・レー、バスィール・マハムード、mamoru、ミヤギフトシ、プラッチャヤ・ピントーン、ブルース・クェック、下道基行、ナティー・ウタリット、ヴァンディー・ラッタナ、ヴォー・アン・カーン、ヤン・ヴォー

Organized by: The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
National Museum of Art Osaka
Queensland Art Gallery, Australia
Singapore Art Museum
Japan Foundation, Asia Center


VOCA展2015 現代美術の展望─新しい平面の作家たち

スクリーンショット 2015-03-15 7.57.02 PM
会期 :2015.3.14(土)-3.30(月)

XYZ collective at NADA Miami Beach

XYZ collective at NADA Miami Beach 2014!

Projects, Booth 2.15
NADA Miami Beach 2014
Dec 4-7, 2014
The Deauville Beach Resort
6701 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33141

Artists : Cobra, Soshiro Matsubara, Futoshi Miyagi, Kazuyuki Yamane


会場:深谷通信所 周辺地域(横浜市戸塚区深谷町、横浜市泉区和泉町ほか)
聞き手:森弘治(美術家 参加作家)、坂田太郎(サイト・イン・レジデンス)
定員:10名 *要事前申込制



当日は敷地内を歩き、そしてAmerican Boyfriendについてのトークを予定しています。元米軍施設でのAmerican Boyfriendイベント、またとない機会なので、ぜひお越し下さい。