Residence Support


Akiyoshidai International Art Village Artist in Residence Support Program “trans_2017-2018″

The prefix ‘trans’ means to go beyond, get across, cross, exchange, change and convert.

The Residence Support Program provides a time and place for artists to experience new encounters and carry out experiments to guide their future projects. Participating artists are expected to bring new ideas to the local culture and people while they, in turn, will hopefully acquire new perspectives through these fresh encounters. As a result of the residence program, the artists will convey their new experiences, gathered from the local lifestyle and our particular geographic situation, to their next destination. We hope that the residence program at Akiyoshidai International Art Village becomes a space for artists to go beyond cultural borders and expand their outlooks, exchange their unique understandings and establish relationships with fellow artists.

AIAV has supported over 170 domestic and international artists since its open in 1998. This fiscal year we will invite 6 artists from 6 countries. Over the period of 55 days of their stay, the artists will work on the theme “The Future of This Land”, encountering with Yamaguchi’s environment, culture and local people, all of which are different from their own.



“The Future of This Land”


Residency period

14 January(Sun.) – 9 March(Fri.), 2018 [55days]


Events schedule

-Open studio / Artists invite people to their studio.
28 Jan (Sun), 2018 14:00-

-Opening reception
24 Feb (Sat), 2018

25 Feb (Sun) – 5 Mar (Mon), 2018 10:00-17:00


- trans_2017-2018 Artists

Ewa Wesolowska

Installation, Sculpture / Poland Website



Ewa Wesolowska (Cracow / Poland 1982) graduated from the Department of Sculpture of the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow (ASP Kraków) in 2007. She has been a recipient of a Scholarship from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and City of Cracow Prize for the Young Artists.
Trained as a sculptor Ewa Wesolowska merges her traditional craft background with new technology. Juxtaposing sculptured elements or collected objects marked with the traces of the history with interactivity and light. She explores different kinds of memory, the process of memorizing and the consciousness of it.

*Selected through open call



-Past work

Ewa Wesolowska past work Ewa Wesolowska past work Ewa Wesolowska past work Ewa Wesolowska past work



Mina Nasr

Visual art / Egypt  Website



Mina Nasr (b. 1983) is an artist based in Cairo, Egypt.
Nasr talks about changes on what occupies society under its current socio-political happenings. He is an observer of contemporary society documenting and manifesting ideas of cohabitation by addressing issues about the culture, its community and the sort of problems it faces on a daily basis. Nasr demonstrates the human condition in the body structure and how it relates to the architecture of its surroundings, His works are characterized by unconventional forms where he reshapes the human body according to the conditions it finds itself in. Reflected in his works, using black and white strokes to his paintings, also defines the strengths of how each moment paradoxically confronts an alternative force. Be it power and control confronted by freedom and liberty.

*Selected through open call



-Past work

Mina Nasr past work Mina Nasr past work Mina Nasr past work Mina Nasr past work


Qenji Yoshida

Contemporary art / Japan  Website



I utilize translation and a state of being lost-in-translation in order to explore in contacts between different languages, cultures and contexts for my recent practice. My practice often deals two or several linguistically or culturally distant people at the same time but the intention is not only to caricaturize social or political frictions or situations but rather I am interested in exploring a human potential and functions of language through intentional misuse of languages and language barriers.

*Selected through open call



-Past work

Qenji Yoshida past work Qenji Yoshida past work Qenji Yoshida past work


Sujin Lee

Visual art / South Korea Website


LEE Sujin

LEE Sujin(born in 1980) majored in painting at Sung-shin Women’s University, and ‘Film & Cinema Art’ at the Graduate School of Communication & Arts of Yonsei University.
She interested in recontextualizing existing conditions that are integral to urbanization-especially as they relate to the temporal and to narrative-into certain specific situations.

*Recommended by Gyeonggi Creation Center



-Past work

LEE Sujin past work LEE Sujin past work


Yu Hsin Su

Visual art / Taiwan website


Su Yu Hsin

Born in Taiwan. Lives and works in Berlin and Leipzig. Her artistic practice across Self, Time and Places to Body. She approaches different forms of spacial time based on Gaston Bachelard’s “poetic instant” through text, diagram, photography, video and installation.

*Recommended by Taipei Artist Village



-Past work

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Katri Naukkarinen

Visual Art / Finland  Website


Katri Naukkarinen

Katri Naukkarinen is an artist working within the extended field of photography. She is best known for her highly symbolistic imagery shot with snapshot method. The core of her work is researching the immediate unstaged environment. Currently Naukkarinen is looking into scientific methods of visualizing aspects of surrounding reality invisible to bare eye.
Naukkarinen graduated as MFA from Aalto University’s department of photography in 2015 with BAs in both art philosophy and photography. She studied as an exchange student in Tama Art University’s department of Information Design for the semester 2009–2010.

*Recommended by The Finnish Institute in Japan



-Past work

Katri Naukkarinen past work Katri Naukkarinen past work







- About the selection

Selection through open call

There were 446 applicants from 74 countries for “trans_2017-2018″ program. Three artists mentioned above were selected at the selection committee meeting held at AIAV.
trans_2017-2018 Application Guideline

Recommendation by partnership organization

The below-mentioned overseas partnership organization recommended one artist each for “trans_2017-2018″ program.
Gyeonggi Creation Center(South Korea), Taipei Artist Village(Taiwan), Finland Center(Finland)


Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2017

Organized by Akiyoshidai International Art Village
Supported by Yamaguchi Prefecture, Yamaguchi Board of Education, Mine City, Mine City Board of Education, Instytut Polski w Tokio, Embassy of Egypt Culture, Education and Science Bureau, Korean Cultural Center Osaka, Fukuoka Branch Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Osaka, Embassy of Finland
Partnership Organizations: Taipei Artist Village, Gyeonggi Creation Center, Finnish Institute in Japan