HAPPENINGText: Taketo Oguchi

Starting from this year, an exhibition section for galleries has been newly established. The creative multi-tenant building, y gion, in Gion, Kyoto, features Ayaka Sanuki, an up-and-coming artist based in Kyoto. The huge 2 x 3 meters wide work, drawn with powdered mineral pigments on Japanese paper, showed tradition and innovation.

y gion

TEZUKAYAMA GALLERY in Osaka exhibited small works by Tomoshi Yasuda, who won the Grand Prix this year, and works by Naoko Murata and Mayu Kunihisa, who have exhibited in Unknown Asia in the past. Murata had exhibited in 2018, but since then, she has been actively participating in solo and group exhibitions, and has been making remarkable achievements in recent years.


Considering the fact of this event being the first time to be held as hybrid this year, it seems that the event was able to combine the goodness of the feel of an in-person event, such as reconfirming the wonderfulness of material exchange at the event, and advanced technology of having it online, which is using video chat with real-time translation function introduced in last year’s online event to communicate with overseas artists and live streaming of the award ceremony. A huge tribute should be paid to UNKNOWN ASIA, which has taken on new challenges, and to all the artists who have decided to exhibit during this uncertain time in the world.

Date: October 16th and 17th, 2021 * 15th is only for authorized persons
Open: 10:00 – 20:00
Place: Knowledge Capital Congres Convention Center
Address: B2 North Building, Grand Front Osaka, 3-1 Ofuka-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka
Organizer: UNKNOWN ASIA 2021 Executive Committee

Text: Taketo Oguchi
Translation: Yumiko Miyagawa
Photos: Courtesy of UNKNOWN ASIA

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