Akita University of Art Master’s 1st-year student Umi IWASE had been awarded the runner-up prize of the “ARTISTS' FAIR KYOTO 2022 Mynavi ART AWARD.”

Iwase’s research in the Master’s program was concerned with issues of gender.
His submissions to the art fair are based on her memories of early childhood and include a sculpture that simulates the feel of skin and 3 relief sculptures. These works attempt to raise questions about Japan’s “Gender Identity Disorder Special Cases Act,”which has been in force since 2004.

The ARTISTS’ FAIR KYOTO 2022 Mynavi ART AWARD funded by our main partner Mynavi Corporation, was an art award to support young artists. We aimed to become a gateway to success for contemporary art in Japan with the continuation of the award and to encourage the activities of young artists who are creating new art.