Selected Artists for 2018 Residence Fellowship Program

Ilana Halperin

USA / Visual Art
Residency Period: 16th -29th May, 2018








Ilana Halperin is an artist, originally from New York, and based in Glasgow. Her work explores the relationship between geology and daily life, and has led her to spend time on erupting volcanoes in Hawaii, ice floes in Greenland, caves in France and geothermal pools in Japan.  You can often find her deep in the stores of natural history museums. Her work has featured in solo exhibitions worldwide including National Museum of Scotland, Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charité and Artists Space in New York. She received the Inaugural Artist Fellowship at National Museums Scotland. The Library of Earth Anatomy, a permanent commission at The Exploratorium in San Francisco recently opened. Schering Stiftung, Berlin published a monograph of her work entitled New Landmass. Ilana shares her birthday with the Eldfell volcano in Iceland.


Exchange Program

Artist Talk “Ilana Halperin: The Rock Cycle (Yamaguchi)”
Date: May 27th at 2pm-
Venue: Seminar room 3, Akiyoshidai International Art Village


Vygintas Orlovas

Lithuania / Media Art
Residency Period: 26th June -26th July, 2018








Even in the most direct communication there is always a media between the subjects:
A non-verbal thought is transformed into images, sounds or language, which is interpreted and transformed into a non-verbal thought once again. The initial thought and the received thought are never the same.

This noise can be considered as some form of an obstacle in communication, however, I consider the transformation processes between different media to be an element, which generates something new, interesting and reveals the media itself, therefore I use it as a central topic in my creative practice.


Exchange Program

Solo Exhibition “If I was recording Your voice, would you speak in the same fashion You spoke yesterday?”
Exhibition Period: 14th July – 16th August, 2018 10:00-17:00
Venue: Akiyoshidai International Art Village Artist Lounge
Details: Event Page


Sungyeon Park

South Korea / Visual Art, Interdisciplinary
Residency Period: 7th July -25th July, 2018








Sungyeon Park is an artist, an educator and a researcher, who is demonstrating her work through an interdisciplinary, complex and, artistic social language. She seeks to challenge societal beliefs about art in her work by representing trivial parts of daily life through a diverse range of artistic genres, such as literature, theater, and sound. She has been participating in artist-in-residences such as the Art Omi International Residency in New York, the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York, the MacDowell Colony, USA, the Taipei Artist Village of Taipei Culture Foundation, Taiwan, the National Art Studio of National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, Kulturamtes der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf, Germany, and the Clayarch Gimhae Museum of Korea. Currently, she is an assistant professor of Media Contents at Konkuk University in Korea.


Exchange Program

Solo Exhibition “Unknown Neighbour”
Exhibition Period: 14th July – 16th August, 2018 10:00-17:00
Venue: Akiyoshidai International Art Village Gellery
Details: Event Page


Ravi Kattakuri

India / Visual Art
Residency Period: 2nd -28th September, 2018

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I am working with mixed media works especially forms from nature. These have been an important and recurring motif in my works. Through these I would like to depict my personal thoughts. The themes are based entirely on human emotions and feelings of day to day life and moods. I could understand and appreciate the linear decorative aspects as well as the rhythmic articulation of form in defining and narrating conceptual ideas. My work are captured dreams, colorful, simple and evocative, they capture the spirit of urban and rural India in all its glory.


Exchange Program

Artist Talk

Venue: Akiyoshidai International Art Village Seminar Room 3
Date: 15th September, 2018 14:00-15:30

Exhibition “Culture Myself”

Venue: Akiyoshidai International Art Village Seminar Room 3
Period: 15th – 21st, 2018 10:00-17:00
Details: Event Page


Winnie Pun

Hong Kong / Painting, Installation
Residency Period: 30th September -26th October, 2018

Winnie Pun







Winnie Pun’s recent practice continues to observe the everyday mundane, and is interested in how the urban-built has integrated with and become part of nature. Using varies found objects, drawings, paintings and photography, she invites the viewers to make sense of these multi-disciplinary representations, which often resemble the paradoxical relationship between the man-made objects and their functionality in our urban environment.

Winnie received her Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from GMIT, Ireland in 2011, and Master of Arts in Fine Arts in Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2017. Her work has been selected for various exhibitions including Eigse Carlow Arts Festival (2012), 126 Gallery (2013), and Highlanes Gallery (2017). She is currently based in Hong Kong.


Exchange Program

Open Studio

Venue: Akiyoshidai International Art Village Studio 5
Date: 14th October, 2018 13:00-16:00


Atsushi Mizutani

Japan / Contemporary Art, Sculpture
Residency Period: 1st -30th October, 2018








I create an artwork called “a certain landscape”. I develop my works by intermingling various scenery with one another, such as a landscape opened out before one’s eyes, scenery that one remembers the most, views hidden in mankind from long ago, a forgotten landscape, scenery in one’s past or in the future sometimes.

Although we do not know where it comes from, this newly appeared scenery overlaps and is shared with inner landscapes that viewers possess. I would like to relax and enjoy them not knowing what they are.


Exchange Program

Workshop “Landscapes that come to mind and connect with one another”

Venue: Akiyoshidai International Art Village Seminar Room 3
Date: 20th October, 2018 13:00-15:00


Mike Bode

Sweden / Visual Art
Residency Period: 8th -18th October, 2018








Mike Bode (b. 1964) is a visual artist, researcher based in Sweden.

Bodes artistic practice frequently takes its starting point in investigations of place seen in relation to societal, historical and political shifts and the effects of new technologies. These works which are often developed collaboratively utilize video and photography as well as architectural and spatial interventions, digital media, archival material and texts.

Bode has also been a prominent member of the Japan based Artists Collective *Candy Factory Projects since 2001 and has an on-going collaboration with the artist Takuji Kogo with whom he has been developing site specific and multimedia based works.

 Bodes work has been presented and exhibited at Kunst Werke in Berlin, The Center of Contemporary Art in Vilnius, The Nobel Musem in Stockholm, The Secession in Vienna, The Kalmar konstmuseum, The Yokohama Triennale, The Aichi Triennale and The Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami.


Organized by Akiyoshidai International Art Village

Supported by Yamaguchi prefecture, Yamaguchi board of education, Mine city, Mine city board of education