THEME #24Winners2021JUN




Life Is Momentary but Eternal

Memories are engraved and sleep forever deep into the recesses of human life. On the other hand, "memories," the source of memories, are as ephemeral as they are delightful. Winters in Japan are very long. After overcoming it, everything that happens in the summer is exciting and ephemeral. But young people have the magic to transform the "moment" into "eternity. A moment of summer, a moment of floating soap bubbles. They subconsciously know that the beauty of living in the present moment is engraved in their lives beyond time.


Takaaki Sano

At the age of 13, he stopped going to school and lived as a recluse for about seven years. He was taught how to study by Shinichi Ishizuka, who later became a manga artist, and went on to study at a university in the United States. Then on, he held solo exhibitions in Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Tokyo. Currently works as an art photographer in Japan and abroad.

Jury selection

Judged by Tim Barber:

Inspired by the Grand Prix, Takahashi Miki’s work, I thought it would be fun and interesting to make a compilation of the widely diverse and eclectic work submitted for this contest. When edited and organized, the “memory” submissions, sent in from dozens of artists, become a kind of collective-memory-collage, a dream sequence of disparate clues from a kaleidoscopic narrative.

* This work was included in a curated collection of works selected by the judge Tim Barber from a number of submitted works. See the collection




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