In light of the current pandemic, 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.
The project invites 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.
#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?
The project will be split into two phases. The first will involve a curated online exhibition, launching 1 September 2020. The second will see some submitted works 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 accommodation covered, as soon as conditions allow).