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 invites six artists from six countries this year.


PDF flier .


“The features of this land”


Residency period

16 January(Fri.)- 11 March(Wed.), 2015 [55days]


Events schedule

-Open studio / Artists invite people to their studio.
31 Jan (Sat), 2015 14:00 /Admission free

28 Feb (Sat) – 8 Mar (Sat), 2015 10:00-17:00 (Open at 17:00 on only the first day) / Admission free

-Opening reception
28 Feb (Sat), 2015
17:30 Galley Talk /Admission free
18:30 Exchange meeting / Membership Fee: Adult 1,000yen, Student 500yen include snack and drink


trans_2014-2015 Artists

Jorge Mañes Rubio

Mixed media / Spain  Website



Born in Madrid in 1984. The founder and director of Seethisway. He graduated from Royal College of Art London in 2010. From a supermarket parking lot in London to abandoned cities in China, his work takes us on a journey where nothing is what it seems to be. Through an exhaustive research and the subsequent reinterpretation of these locations, the artist suggests that any place can be of great value when seen from a different perspective. Through his souvenirs, photographs and interventions, he carefully weaves his very own narrative. He deliberately mixes fictional elements together with reality, using this unconventional attitude as a vehicle to convey the social message that lays behind his artworks in a most effective way. In 2014 he obtained the prestigious TED fellowship.


*Selected Artist


-Past works

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Julien Grossmann

Mixed media / France  Website


Born in Metz(France) in 1983, lives in Brussels and Rotterdam. He works with a diversity of visual and audio medias, such as installation, sculpture, video, music and publications. His art practice explores the infrastructure of representation techniques and strategies, in relation to the history and processes of cultural globalization. His work was exhibited at the Stella Art Foundation, Moscow (2010), Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2011), the MUDAM, Museum of Modern Art of Luxembourg (2012), the ZKM, Karlsruhe, and the Dakar Biennale, Senegal (2014).


*Selected Artist


-Past works

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Tets Ohnari

Sculpture / Japan  Website


Born in Tokyo in 1980, currently lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic. He explores a next generation of sculpture by integrating ideas of the oriental philosophy with a wide range of materials and techniques. His work, “Manebi No. 6,” received a prize at the VOCA exhibition held by the Royal Ueno Museum in 2012. In 2014, he had a solo exhibition, “Tets Ohnari ∞ Egon Schiele,” at the DAI-ICHI-LIFE South Gallery in Tokyo. Tets has participated in several residency programs in the world but never one in Japan. Thus he harbors great expectations of being inspired during the program at AIAV as well as interacting with the locals in depth.
*Selected Artist


-Past works

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Liu Chih-Hung

Painting, Installation / Taiwan


Born in Hsinchu (Taiwan) in 1985. He graduated from M.F.A Program, Department of Fine Arts at Taipei National University of the Arts. He is a freelancer who lives and works in Taipei currently. His works focus on life experiences and memories with the strokes and low-toned colors by observing and reflecting constantly in daily life. Through the essence of painting and drawing, he integrates images into personal affections tightly. He won “Taipei Arts Awards”, “Chinese Art Awards 2010″, “S-An Art Prize” and “Taoyuan Contemporary Art Award” between 2006 and 2012. Some were also collected by the National Taiwan Museum.


*Recommended by Taipei Artist Village


-Past works

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Cha Hyelim


Painting, Installation / South Korea  Website


Born in South Korea in 1979. Her work deals with individuals as independent entities in the information society through examining the relationship among community, society and individuals that are mediated via our contemporary media. Based upon her autobiographic novel, her work takes a form of constructing an interface of work and the space in which the work is presented.Each painting and installation work is displayed via nonlinear and literary narrative with multiple layers by discovering and mapping a plethora of information from the contemporary media. In her work, effort on generation as emergence and the role of an artist as an assembler do not differ from the features of our contemporary world where heterogeneous entities coexist. The mult-layered apparatuses within painting, and the authentic storytelling, the positive clues with inherent potential all function as mediators that lead the current lives towards the realm of possibility and potential. Songeun Art and Cultural Foundation. Selected Artist of Drawing Center Archive, SOMA Museum of Art.


*Recommended by Gyeonggi Creation Center


-Past works

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Minna Kurjenluoma

Photography / Finland


Born in Helsinki(Finland) in 1977. She is working with photography and video. In her art practice she uses photography and video to examine complex relationship between human and nature. Her work has been much influenced by landscape painting and its pictorial tradition. In this latest work she steps away from traditional landscape photography and builds her pictures more symbolic and minimalistic and her works have taken more abstract and conceptual form. She received a masters degree in Photography from the University of Arts and Design in Helsinki in 2005, focusing on landscape photography. She has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Finland and Scandinavia and she has been in several artist recidencies in Iceland, Norway and Greenland. Her works are in art collections at the Helsinki City Art Museum and the Finnish State Art Gallery as well as in several private collections in Europe. During her residency stay in AIAV, she will work with a new body of work and continue series she started during her stay in Iceland during 2014.

*Recommended by The Finnish Institute in Japan


-Past work


About the election

Selected artists

There were 436 applicants (32 from Japan, 436 from outside Japan) for “trans_2014-2015″ program. Three artists were selected at the AIAV selection committee meeting held at AIAV.
trans_2014-2015 Application Guideline

Recommended artists

AIAV concluded agreements with 3 cultural facilities, and they each recommended one artist.
Taipei Artist Village(Taiwan), Gyeonggi Creation Center(South Korea), Finland Center(Finland)