Home  >  Residency

Ylva Carlgren

>>> Japanese

Ylva Carlgren
(b.1984 in Luleå. Lives and works in Stockholm)

Ylva Carlgren works with non-figurative watercolor painting. The work is experimental and systematic. Through a meticulous and controlled layering technique, fields of color are gradually charged with light, manipulating the perceptual field. The work is an exploration of the limitations of her medium. It is a process of perfection where the artist's practice becomes and end in and of itself. Relinquishing any and all mimetic pretension, Carlgren creates a reduced visual language characterized by presence and stillness.

Carlgren holds an MFA from Valand School of Fine Arts in Gothenburg, Sweden. She is the recipient of grants from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm and Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation.
She has exhibited in solo and group shows such as "300 Layers" (solo exhibition at Gallery Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm, Sweden, 2018), "The Shadows' call" (solo exhibition at Gallery Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm, Sweden, 2016), and "In Light of Absence". (duo exhibition at Market art fair, Stockholm, Sweden, 2017)

Website: Ylva Carlgren

Stay: September 18 - December 15, 2018
Co-organized by IASPIS

Black square on grey (watercolor on paper, 50 x 50cm, 2017)

White square on black (watercolor on paper, 50 x 50cm, 2018)

In light of absence (6) (watercolour on paper, 73 x 53cm, 2016)

Installation view (Galleri Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm, 2018)

2018-9- 3

Esther Vossen

>>> Japanese

Esther Vossen(Born in & Lives in the Netherlands)

Esther Vossen is director and curator at Het Vijfde Seizoen, an artist residency in the mental health institute Altrecht (Utrecht, The Netherlands). At Altrecht she is as well art consultant and responsible for the art collection. At the Fifth Season she had developed a training programme for psychiatrist (in training) and art students. She regularly lectures and give workshops about art and psychiatry. She is curator of exhibitions that presents the works made at The Fifth Season.

Vossen is board member at the Association of Corporate Art Collections Netherlands and external art advisor for the Province of Brabant. She studied Journalism and worked as a program maker for a Dutch national broadcast company. Hereafter she studied at the art academy Amsterdam and art history at the University of Amsterdam. Since 1998 she was project manager and curator at several international arts institutes, like de Appel Arts Centre, de Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten and the Dutch national museum of The Mind, Het Dolhuys.


Residency: August 24, 2018 - September 5, 2018
Supported by: The Nippon Foundation, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Tokyo
Lecture :実践1 - 森の中の柔らかな協働:精神科医療施設とアートの関わり -
Date and Time: Saturday, August 25, 2018 13:00-15:00
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room

Workshop: 実践2 - 子どもとアーティストのワークショップ・ファシリテーション -
Date and Time: Saturday, September 1, 2018 13:00-16:00
Venue: Daikanyama ※Sold out


Wilco Tuinebreijer

>>> Japanese

Wilco Tuinebreijer(Born in & Lives in the Netherlands)

Wilco Tuinebreijer studie medicine and psychiatry in Amsterdam.He works as a psychiatrist and medical director at the public mental health department at the GGD, Amsterdam.During his career he is involved in projects where culture and psychiatry meet. He published, lectures and teaches on both, university of medicine and art schools. He founded a foundation called Beautiful Distress;
Beautiful Distress was founded on the concept that there is a great deal of mental suffering, that not enough people are aware of this and that not enough is done to stop it.The Foundation uses art in an attempt to open up the world of psychiatry and battle the stigma attached to it.
Why art? Beautiful Distress believes that art is pre-eminently capable of articulating and depicting the human condition.


Residency: August 20, 2018 - September 3, 2018
Supported by: The Nippon Foundation, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Tokyo
Lecture :実践1 - 森の中の柔らかな協働:精神科医療施設とアートの関わり -
Date and Time: Saturday, August 25, 2018 13:00-15:00 ※Sold out
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room

Workshop: 実践2 - 子どもとアーティストのワークショップ・ファシリテーション -
Date and Time: Saturday, September 1, 2018 13:00-16:00
Venue: Daikanyama ※Sold out


"Tokyo A La Carte −The Backers Foundation and AIT Residence Programme (The Bar) Memories of 10 years"

>>> Japanese

Commemorating 10 years of the residency programme
"Tokyo A La Carte
−The Backers Foundation and AIT Residence Programme (The Bar) Memories of 10 years

August 24th, Friday - September 1st, Saturday, 2018 *Closed on August 26th and 27th
TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY / ShugoArts / Taka Ishii Gallery (Roppongi)

A La Carte
(Exhibition image visual)
Photo: Miti Ruangkritya (2017 resident artist, Thailand)
Design: Yasutaka Fukuoka


Press Release Japanese: Download(PDF / 3.6MB)/English: Download(PDF / 3.2MB)


− Visioning Tokyo by 20 Artists for the past 10 years

The Backers Foundation and Arts Initiative Tokyo is pleased to announce the coming exhibition, "Tokyo A La Carte -The Backers Foundation and AIT Residence Programme (The BAR) Memories of 10 years" from August 24th to September 1st at three venues, TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY / ShugoArts / Taka Ishii Gallery in the complex665 building centrally located in Roppongi, Tokyo.

Since 2007, The Backers Foundation and Arts Initiative Tokyo (AIT) have been collaborating on the Artist-in-Residence Programme (The BAR) and invited a total of 20 emerging artists from 15 countries across Americas, Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia to support their artistic research and production in Japan.
The key characteristic of The BAR is that it is collaboratively organized between members of The Backers Foundation, business experts, and AIT, a non-profit organization specialized in contemporary art. With support from art galleries in Tokyo, the programme created opportunities for each of the artists to present new works produced during their stay along with previous works. The works have been partially collected by The Backers Foundation.
In its 12th year, to commemorate the completion of the programme, the exhibition "Tokyo A La Carte -The Backers Foundation and AIT Residence Programme (The Bar) Memories of 10 years" showcases various works by 20 artists in multiple venues and with generous support from TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY, ShugoArts and Taka Ishii Gallery.

Through their works and artistic viewpoints, The BAR has learned about the complex histories of the artists' countries and the various trajectories that extend to the current state in today's diverse landscapes where these artists live and work. Originally from Afghanistan, Khadim Ali came to Japan in 2007 from the Hazara ethnic group who are native to Central Asia. His home country remains in a state of tension and the landscape of Bamiyan Valley remains as testimony to the tragic destruction of the two standing Buddha statues. Duto Hardono and Syagini Ratnawulan came over from Indonesia in 2011, after the disastrous earthquakes and the aftermaths from the Fukushima nuclear power plant, in response to the situation with their own memory from the earthquakes Indonesia previously suffered. A Guatemalan artist Alberto Rodríguez Collía from 2013 and a Kenyan artist Gor Soudan from 2014, both have undergone oppression and struggles in their artistic expressions and they joined the programme to pursue a sense of freedom in order to expand their passion towards research activities back in their countries. In 2016, Krishnapriya Tharmakrishnar from Sri Lanka took her very first journey outside of her country. She has had an extraordinary life experience in which she lost her mother during the civil war that continued until 2009 in her hometown, Jaffna.

These artists all lived and witnessed history being made and their artistic interpretations through unique experiences in Japanese society and interactions here were interwoven into their art production. Exhibiting these artworks and their practices widely again today will uncover diverse realities that are globally shared today.

Utilizing the space of three galleries, the exhibition embodies and observes through three keywords: "Urban Space" (TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY), "Inhabitants" (ShugoArts) and "Imaginative Memory" (Taka Ishii Gallery), while each artwork from the different years come together in a space where cultural dialogues and its fruition in the current landscape of Tokyo through their eyes will be evoked.
We hope you enjoy a la carte of Tokyo served by 20 artists at the exhibition.
On this occasion, the exhibition is also offering guided tours and a small and limitedly published catalogue, comprising installation views from the past residency exhibitions and comments expressed by the people involved.

[ Exhibition Overview ]
"Tokyo A La Carte -The Backers Foundation and AIT Residence Programme (The Bar) Memories of 10 years"
Date: August 24th, Friday - September 1st, Saturday, 2018 *Closed on August 26th and 27th
Venues: TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY / ShugoArts / Taka Ishii Gallery
6-5-24, complex665 2F/3F, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 11:00 - 19:00
Organized by Arts Initiative Tokyo
Co-organized by The Backers Foundation
Collaborated by TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY / ShugoArts / Taka Ishii Gallery
Supported by Embassy of the Argentine Republic in Japan / Embassy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in Japan

Opening reception: August 24th, Friday, 18:00 - 20:00
Guided Tour: August 25th, Saturday, 15:00 - 16:00 and 31st, Friday, 16:00 - 17:00
*Free Admission / No booking required / Please meet at the entrance on the 2nd floor.

About the Backers Foundation
The Backers Foundation is a private group of patrons from the business world who first joined together in 1994 to provide support for the Japan Animal Welfare Society. Since then, the 64 members have funded a variety of organisations. They also participate in self-organised committees set up for a wide range of projects to which they volunteer their personal time under the motto of enjoying the good things.

Participating Artists


Thiago Rocha Pitta (b.1980 Brazil)
Allegra Pacheco (b.1986 Costa Rica)
Pradeep Mishra (b.1977 India)
Rattana Vandy (b.1980 Cambodia)
Kanitha Tith (b.1987 Cambodia)
Miti Ruangkritya (b.1981 Thailand)

Left: Rattana Vandy Shadow in the Dark, 2015, Wood, nails, text, 92.5 x 182.5 x 5.5cm *2
Center: Pradeep Mishra Installation view from warmth of togetherness, 2010, Oil paint, canvas, 45.5 x 53cm /each *1
Right: Allegra Pacheco Installation view from Untitled, 2013, Ink on paper, 72.5 x 53cm *1
*1 Photo by Keizo Kioku | *2 Photo by Yukiko Koshima

ShugoArts (2F) − Inhabitants

Khadim Ali (b.1978 Afganistan)
Erika Verzutti (b.1971 Brazil)
Alberto Rodríguez Collía (b.1985 Guatemala)
Albert Samreth (b.1987 U.S.A.)
Krishnapriya Tharmakrishnar (b.1987 Sri Lanka)
Chaw Ei Thein (b.1969 Myanmar)

Left: Khadim Ali KOISANKA, 2007, DVD data *1
Center: Albert Samreth Perfect Strangers (Sou-Sou), 2014, Pigment on Sou-Sou Graphic Canvas, 91 x 73 cm *2
Right: Alberto Rodríguez Collía Non-place, 2013, 32 x 38cm/each, Drypoint, paper *Reference image *2
*1 Photo by Keizo Kioku | *2 Photo by Yukiko Koshima

Taka Ishii Gallery (3F) − Imaginative Memory

Mary-Elizabeth Yarbrough (b.1974 U.S.A.)
Donna Ong (b.1978 Singapore)
Florencia Rodríguez Giles (b.1978 Argentina)
Minam Apang (b.1980 India)
Syagini Ratnawulan (b.1979 Indonesia)
Duto Hardono (b.1985 Indonesia)
Gor Soudan (b.1983 Kenya)
Sarah Abu Abdallah (b.1990 Saudi Arabia)

Left: Syagini Ratnawulan Family portrait, 2011, 77 x 57cm, Technical pen drawing on paper *1
Center: Gor Soudan minimal tension 1/6, 2014, 36 x 36cm, Protest wire *2
Right: Duto Hardono Memory Spy (detail), 2011, Dimensions variable, Blank cassette tapes *2
*1 Photo by Keizo Kioku | *2 Photo by Yukiko Koshima


Christoph Liedtke

>>> Japanese

Christoph Liedtke
(b. 1985 in Saalfeld, lives and works in Halle, Germany)

In 2010 Christoph Liedtke finished an apprenticeship for wood sculpture and studied at the university of art and design Burg Giebichenstein until 2016. Since then he works as a painter, sculptor, poet and sound-performer. Since 2018 he is an original member of the artcollective Rhizom Halle-Leipzig and organizes several art events. He currently publishes a volume of poetry entitled "Symmetrie der Risse" (the symmetry of cracks) and works on an illustrated book together with mentally challenged people.
The artwork of Liedtke's is about the capability and possibility of humans perceiving reality as something beautiful, undefined, and undetermined. The central leitmotif of his artwork is an ontoligical questioning of what we perceive as form. This leads towards a relativization of the phenomenon and concept from which arises the subversive force of art.

He exhibited at numerous exhibitions, such as "2018 Talents" (Munich, 2017), "Graded Present" (Burg Gallery, Halle, 2017), New Aspects of Landscape Painting, (art-price Kreissparkasse Esslingen-Nürtingen, 2016), "Home in the Foreign" (Art Foundation Saxony-Anhalt, Halle, 2015)

Christoph Liedtke
Rhizom Halle-Leipzig

Residency: May 2 - June 30, 2018
Supported by ザクセン=アンハルト州芸術財団

Winterlandschaft (Winter landscape), Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 70 cm, 2014

Landschaft (Landscape), Acrylic and oil on canvas, 210 x 190 cm, 2016

"Graded Present" exhibition view, Burg Gallery, Halle (Saale), 2017

"Home in the Foreign" exhibition view, Art Foundation Saxony-Anhalt, Halle (Saale), 2015

2018-5- 2

Natalia Valencia

>>> Japanese

Natalia Valencia
(b. 1984, Bogotá, Columbia, lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico)

Natalia Valencia is an independent curator based in Mexico City. She has collaborated with institutions such as Museo de Arte Moderno MAMM in Medellín, L'appartement 22 in Rabat, CAPC Museum in Bordeaux, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Museo Quinta de Bolívar in Bogotá, Proyectos Ultravioleta in Guatemala. She is a former editor of Terremoto Magazine in Mexico and she worked as fellow researcher of Latin American art at Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2013.

Residency: January 22 - March 5, 2018
Supported by: The Agency of Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho)
Event: RADIO RABATOKYO Live Streaming
Date: Friday, March 2, 2018 / 18:30 - 19:30 (17:30 Door open)
Venue: SodaCCO

Installation view, "Los Multinaturalistas", Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin, 2017, curated by Natalia Valencia

Installation view "Serpientes, Aurora Pellizzi", L' appartement 22, Rabat, Morocco, 2016, curated by Natalia Valencia

Terremoto #8 "La Vida Eterna", Mexico City, 2016, edited by Natalia Valencia


Sara Ouhaddou

>>> Japanese

Sara Ouhaddou
(b. 1986 in Paris, lives and works in Paris, France)

Born in France in a traditional Moroccan family and graduated from the École Olivier De Serres in Paris. Sara Ouhaddou's dual culture informs her practice as a continuous cultural and anthropological dialogue, questioning the transformations of her heritage. Ouhaddou strikes a balance between traditional Moroccan art forms and the conventions of contemporary art, aiming to place artistic creation's in forgotten cultural continuities into new perspectives.

She has exhibited at numerous group exhibitions extensively and art festivals such as "Islamic Art festival" (Sharja Art Museum, Sharjah, 2017), "Crafts Becomes Modern!", (Bauhaus Dessau Fondation, Germany, 2017), "Lettres ouvertes" (Institut des Cultures d'Islam, France, 2017-18), "Marrakech Biennale" (Morocco, 2016). Solo exhibitions include, "IMPRESSION//IMPRESSION" (Morocco, 2017) and "Wasalnalilio/On en set arrive là" (Polaris Gallery, France, 2017).

The award received include Arab Fund for Art and Culture grant and One Percent contemporary art NYC, Little Syria project. She has taken part in artist-residencies at L'appartement 22, Rabat, Morocco, Edge Of Arabia ISCP residency, New-York (2015) among others.


Residency: January 15, 2018 - March 12, 2018
Supported by: The Agency of Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho)
Event: RADIO RABATOKYO Live Streaming
Date: Friday, March 2, 2018 / 18:30 - 19:30 (17:30 Door open)
Venue: SodaCCO

Stained glass Installation, 2017 / Photo by Marc Domage

Stained glass Installation, 2017 / Photo by Marc Domage

Ourika Road, White Clay, 2016 / Photo by Marwen Farhat

Green Titaween, Silk embroidery, 2013 / Photo by Rebecca Fanuele

Wassalna Lilo, woven cotton, Tanger, 2016 / Photo by Sara Ouhaddou


Marina Višić

>>> Japanese

Marina Višić
(b. 1987 in Roermond, works and lives in Tilburg, The Netherlands)

In 2016, Marina Višić obtained an MFA at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. At her degree show presentation, she received the Jeanne Szego prize for the imaginative use of colour. Her solo shows include "SPHERE. (AFTER A PAUSE)", (2016, Kers Gallery, Amsterdam) and "Myriade" (2013, Noordbrabants Museum, 's-Hertogenbosch). Her works are also exhibited in the group shows at The Crypt Gallery, London UK (2017), Kers Gallery, Amsterdam NL (2017), Anise Gallery, London UK (2016). Višić trained as an assistant curator at SEA Foundation, a non-profit artist project space and AiR (Artist-in-Residence program) in The Netherlands. She currently works independently as a curator and project manager, organising exhibitions, symposia and publications.
In her work, Višić investigates how a variety of textures and movements can be placed into the landscape of the moving image. The video pieces rethink the bodily experience and give the sensation of being lost and immersed. Staging is important as well as the scale of the images and their relation to the body. The work is presented as an object in a constant motion, rather than a time based video carrying a narrative. The initial objects and materials in the work undergo is a transformation. The real into the virtual and back to the real - portal - something mundane propelled into the stardom, becoming part of a fantastical realm, turning the virtual into the palpable.
The core of her residency at AIT is formed by architectural and geographical references from Junichiro Tanizaki's "In Praise of Shadows" and the films of Akira Kurosawa. These are the driving forces for her research of both modern and traditional elements of Japanese aesthetics concerning light, shadow, movement, materials and surfaces.


Residency: January 10 - April 7, 2018
Co-organized by Mondriaan Fonds
Event: AIT ARTIST TALK #73 "Low Relief / Unreal Estate"
Artist Talk by Marina Višić and Ksenia Galiaeva from the Netherlands

Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Time: 19:00 - 21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room

Oriel (2016), Video loop triptych on screens

Oriel (still image, 2016), Video loop triptych on screens

Penumbrae (2016), Video loop projection on reflector stand

Myriade (2013), Thread installation, 1100 x 250 cm


Hans Andersson

>>> Japanese

Hans Andersson
(b.1979 in Kalmar, lives and works in Stockholm)

Hans Andersson

 Hans Andersson works with abstract images and sculptural objects from found materials. His work is a continuous questioning of the materials, their heritage and their internal and external qualities and tension. His process is intuitive and nonlinear. The philosopher Simone Weil states that a subject acts through its non-actions. The subject acts, but it is no longer the will that is the foundation for its actions, it is, on the contrary, a sort of obedience. Art, and philosophy as a concept, should according to Weil be received in awaiting and treated with contemplation. Hans Andersson spend a great deal of time with his work. The procedure is both gentle and spontaneous.

 Neither his exhibitions nor artworks are given titles. This is a clue on how to perceive his practice. It shows a movement towards a non-language as an emancipation from identification with the self-narrative. To be able to see the familiar in the unfamiliar or to discover something new in what is already known.

 Andersson graduated from Konstfack - University College of Arts, Craft and Design in 2005. He has received several awards and grants such as Helge Ax: son Johnson Foundation and the Arts Grants Committee working grant. He has exhibited extensively in solo and group show such as "Swedish Art Now" (Sven Harrys Konstmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden, 2016), "Untitled" (Solo exhibition, Gallery Forsblom Helsinki, Finland, 2017) and Noco "If you don't like art.." (Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway, 2017). His works are represented in several collections such as the Malmö Art Museum, Malmö and the Nordic Contemporary Art Colloection.

Website: Hans Andersson

Stay: September 5 - November 30, 2017
Co-organized by IASPIS
Talk Event: AIT ARTIST TALK #72
"History flows from all the presents"
Artist Talk by Hans Andersson from Sweden
Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Time: 19:00-21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room

Untitled (mixed media on found paper, 34 x 26cm, 2017)

Detail from untitled drawing (pen, whiteout and cut on found paper, 2017)

Installation view (Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, 2015)

Installation view (Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, 2015)

2017-9- 4

Veronica Wong

>>> Japanese

Veronica Wong
(b.1981 in Guangzhou)

Veronica Wong, Associate Director/Curator, Public Programmes Department at Guangdong Times Museum.
She holds a Master Degree in Visual Culture from University of Westminster, UK, and participated in Independent Curators International 2012. She curated many projects and exhibitions including: Plug in! - Times Museum Community Art Festival (2012), Times Museum Screening Season 2013 (2013-2014), Wrong Place, Right Time - Times Museum Community Art Festival 2014 (2014-2015), Art Neighbourhoods - Times Museum Community Art Festival 2016 (2016-2017), Sitting-Still-Moving - Times Museum Art on Track (2015), Sissel Tolaas: Chain of Smell Molecules Times Museum Art on Track (2015-2016), and Gunilla Klingberg: Brand New View Times Museum Art on Track (2016).

Residency: June 28, 2017 - July 26, 2017
Co-organized by The Backers Foundation

MAD lecture Contemporary Art in China, by Veronica Wong
Date and Time: Thursday, July 6, 2017 | 19:00 - 21:00
Venue: AIT Daikanyama Room
Capacity: 30
*English Only
For booking, please visit here

Wrong Place, Right Time (Times Museum Community Art Festival 2014, Guangzhou China, 2014-2015)

Sitting-Still-Moving (Times Museum Art on Track, Guangzhou China, 2015)

Sitting-Still-Moving (Times Museum Art on Track, Guangzhou China, 2015)

Gunilla Klingberg: Brand New View (Times Museum Art on Track, Guangzhou China, 2016)