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Tokyo Contemporary Art Award
2022-2024 Exhibition

March 30 (Sat.) – July 7 (Sun.), 2024
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Exhibition Gallery 3F

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo Arts and Space established the Tokyo Contemporary Art Award (TCAA) in 2018 as a contemporary art prize to encourage mid-career artists to make new breakthroughs in their work by providing them with several years of continuous support.
An award exhibition will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo featuring Saeborg and Tsuda Michiko, the winners of the fourth TCAA.

About the Exhibition
March 30 (Sat.) – July 7 (Sun.), 2024
Mondays (first weekday after national holidays)
Open Hours
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Exhibition Gallery 3F (4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo)
Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo Arts and Space / Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo of the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture

*Programs are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.



Born in Toyama in 1981. Based in Tokyo.
Saeborg is an imperfect cyborg that is half human and half toy. In performances and exhibitions both in Japan and abroad, Saeborg creates latex bodysuits through which she can artificially transcend physical characteristics such as age and gender.

“Cycle of L” performance at The Museum of Art, Kochi, 2020
Photo: Taisuke Tsurui

“Pigpen” performance at Dark Mofo 2019, Avalon Theatre, Hobart, Australia
Photo: Dark Mofo 2019

TSUDA Michiko

Photo: IIKAWA Takehiro

Born in Kanagawa in 1980. Based in Ishikawa.
Tsuda Michiko produces a diverse range of installations and performance pieces that incorporate characteristics of video media. She creates maze-like spaces with simple structures and video equipment to blur the boundary between performer and spectator through a disorienting visual experience that alters the audience’s perception and physical sensation of the space.

Profile and Reasons for award >>
Interview >>

Tokyo Behavior, 2021, Installation view at “Back TOKYO Forth,” Tokyo International Cruise Terminal, 2021
Photo: Akira Arai(Nacása & Partners Inc.)

You would come back there to see me again the following day., 2016-2020, Installation view at “Open Space 2016: Media Conscious,” NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC], Tokyo
Photo: Tadasu Yamamoto

About TCAA 2022-2024

Applications from the public were solicited in June 2021, and the selection committee members nominated candidate artists, including those from the public, and selected nominees through discussion. The two winners were then decided upon through an interactive screening process that included preliminary research on each artist, online-based studio visits and interviews.

International Selection Committee
Sofía Hernández Chong CUY [Director, Kunstinstituut Melly]
NOMURA Shino [Senior Curator, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery]
TAKAHASHI Mizuki [Executive Director and Chief Curator, CHAT (Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile)]
WASHIDA Meruro [Director, Towada Art Center]
Carol Yinghua LU [Director, Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum]
KONDO Yuki [Program Director, Tokyo Arts and Space]

*Positions and titles current as of the time of the selection process.

Selection Secretariat
Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]