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Hikaru Fujii named winner of Nissan Art Award 2017 Grand Prix

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Hikaru Fujii was named the winner of the Nissan Art Award 2017 Grand Prix for “Playing Japanese,” a work of art that examines Japanese history and contemporary world affairs.

An international jury, representing Nissan’s culture of diversity, chose the grand prix winner through multiple selection processes. Fujii’s work was selected from that of five finalists who were chosen in an initial round in New York in May.

“What was impressive about the award this year was how all of the finalists sincerely confronted their works of art,” said Fumio Nanjo, the chair of the Nissan Art Award 2017 jury. “Among them, Fujii’s artwork broaches an extremely complex period of Japanese history from around when the nation started to interact with other cultures, and then, through the means of a workshop, presents us with a strong message and questions. Responding also to the state of affairs in the world today, his superb work transcends cultures and nationalities to resonate with all kinds of people.”

 

 

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