In a matter of weeks, artists around the globe have suddenly found themselves surrounded by a haze of uncertainty. Art fairs, residencies and festivals are postponed, in-person collaborations are cancelled and international travel has all but disappeared. This “new” world – further removed from the physical than we have ever experienced – has forced artists to adapt to entirely new structures. But perhaps it is this new challenge that also gives rise to new opportunities: time and freedom to question and redraw our way of creating and experiencing art from the bottom-up.
         As an encouragement to keep pushing forward and to break this mist of uncertainty, the Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo has launched #JapanRevisited202x: then–now–after which reimagines the cultural exchange between Austrian artists and Japan, a bond that has existed for more than 150 years and is now facing an abrupt change.

We invite artists from Austria who live in Japan, who have been to Japan, or for whom Japan perhaps only exists in the realm of imagination, to take part in this new, curated online platform and subsequent exhibition in Tokyo (travel to/from Tokyo and accommodation cost provided for selected artists).
         #JapanRevisited202x gives a public forum to ambitious projects that help us understand and (re)visit your memories and interpretations of Japan that might sit somewhere between reality, nostalgia, and fantasy. Do we have to physically visit a place to experience it? How/where do my memories of Japan fit in between reality and dream? In what form can I imagine a Japan of the future? We invite submissions that explore or react to one or more of the following concepts:
the Japan I remember: How has my experience of Japan shaped me? How have my memories of Japan changed since visiting?
Japan in process: How do I understand Japan at present? How, if at all, can I experience Japan from afar?

Japan post-now: How can I imagine Japan in the future? What vision do I have for Japan going forward?
Phase 1 Submitted works have the chance to be featured in our curated online exhibition on this website, which launches in September 2020. We are expecting an exciting range of artworks from various types of media, challenging the concepts of “art” and “exhibition” in the context of 2020. You will receive international exposure through the Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo, social media channels and media coverage.

Phase 2 Submitted works have the chance to be selected and shown at the #JapanRevisited202x exhibition in Tokyo in 2021 (or as soon as conditions allow). The artists of selected works submitted to #JapanRevisited202x will be invited by the Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo to come to Japan and present their work in person (flights to/from Tokyo and accomodation covered, as soon as conditions allow).
Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo
The Austrian Cultural Forum (ACF) Tokyo is part of Austria’s international cultural network committed to shaping an active international cultural policy as defined in the Austrian Foreign Ministry’s International Cultural Policy Concept. The ACF Tokyo acts as a platform for artists from Austria in Japan and supports initiatives to present a unique image of a contemporary, innovative and creative Austria.
Call for entries opens → 3 June 2020

Submission deadline → 15 August 2020

Online exhibition → Beginning of September ~ 30 November 2020

Announcement of selected works for exhibition in Tokyo → to be announced

#JapanRevisited202x exhibition in Tokyo → 2021 (or as soon as conditions allow)
The deadline for submissions was 15 August 2020 (23:59 CET). Submissions are now closed.
Any questions? Email our project manager Sybilla Patrizia at hello@japanrevisited.at (in German or English).

#JapanRevisited202x is a project by the Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo.