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Nissan announces the Nissan Art Award 2015 Grand Prix Winner

YOKOHAMA (November 25, 2015) - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced the Grand Prix winner for the second Nissan Art Award, which recognizes exceptional work by Japanese artists. Seven finalists were selected by jury members in May and their respective works have been on display since November 14th at the Nissan Art Award 2015 Exhibition in Yokohama.

After a final round of jury deliberations on November 24, Nissan awarded the Grand Prix to Yuko Mohri. Mohri receives a trophy created by the product designer Keita Suzuki, along with prize money. In addition, the winner is given the opportunity to live and work in London for two months in the spring of 2016, in association with the Camden Arts Centre. By developing a network through an internationally renowned contemporary art center, the Nissan Art Award is designed to plant the seeds for the prizewinner's future activities.

In accepting the award, Mohri said: “I am very pleased that my ideas until now about what I should do as an artist were conveyed. London has a lively contemporary art scene and there are many places for artists to present their work. I hope this will offer opportunities for me to consider how I show my art."

Fumio Nanjo, Nissan Art Award 2015 Jury Chairman said: “All of the works had immense power and, as with the first screening, the judging process was incredibly difficult. While Grand Prix-winner Yuko Mohri's new work has its roots in an actual place in society—water leakage in train stations—she elevated this into an artwork with diverse media and content, such as references to Marcel Duchamp, time, and sound. In her work we can sense how the artist has moved into new frontiers."

The Audience Award was presented to Tsuyoshi Hisakado, who received the largest number of votes from visitors, from the start of the exhibition until November 23.

Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan Motor Co., said: “Nissan is proud to support the next generation of artistic leadership in our home country. We look forward to helping emerging talents develop their practices, express their passion, and inspire others with their creativity. And we hope others will join in our efforts to support the arts here in Japan."

The seven finalists' artwork will be on display at BankART Studio NYK in Yokohama until December 27. A talk by Grand Prix winner Yuko Mohri will be held on November 28, from 11:30-12:30.


Left: Moré Moré (Leaky): The Falling Water Given #1-3 by Grand Prix winner Yuko Mohri. (Photo: Keizo Kioku)
Right: (on the left) Audience Award winner Tsuyoshi Hisakado, (center) Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO, (on the right) Grand Prix winner Yuko Mohri. (Photo: Yukiko Koshima)

Nissan Art Award 2015 Winners & First Round Finalists

Grand Prix Yuko Mohri
Audience Award Tsuyoshi Hisakado
  Sayaka Akiyama
  Takashi Ishida
  Takahiro Iwasaki
  Futoshi Miyagi
  Tomoko Yoneda

Highlights of the finalists' artworks:

Photo: Naoko Maeda

Photo: Naoko Maeda

Grand Prix Winner Profile: Yuko Mohri
Born in 1980 in Kanagawa, lives and works in Tokyo.

Yuko Mohri produces installations that convey intangible energies such as magnetism, gravity, light, and temperature, by creating assemblages of reconfigured everyday items and machine parts collected in cities around the world. She was selected as a grantee of Asian Cultural Council 2014.

Her recent major exhibitions include "Yokohama Triennale 2014" (Yokohama Museum of Art, 2014), "Sapporo International Art Festival 2014" (Seikaitei and Chi-Ka-Ho, 2014), "Unseen Existence," (Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2014) and "Orochi" (Gallery waitingroom, Tokyo, 2013).
Mohri's upcoming exhibitions include "THE BEGINNINGS (or Open-Ended)" (Minatomachi Potluck Building, Nagoya) and "Roppongi Crossing 2016" (Mori Art Museum).



Nissan Art Award 2015 Trophy
The Grand Prix trophy was designed by the product designer Keita Suzuki, expressing the unbroken chain of creation. It is produced together with Sadao Oda, an artisan of Takaoka-shikki, a traditional lacquerware craft from the Toyama region. Combining two elements—the way the color of lacquer becomes more transparent and transforms into amber over time, and the lacquer protects the gold. This incorporates the wish for the trophy to represent an eternal gold that will continue to shine.

Keita Suzuki Product designer
Born in 1982 in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. After graduating from Tama Art University in 2006, he worked at NEC Design and Iwasaki Design Studio, before founding Product Design Center in 2012. His international product design projects encompass everything from planning to engineering, and include home appliances, mobility products, furniture, everyday utilities, and art.

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