Watanabe Atsushi (I’m here project)

  • Born 1978 in Kanagawa.
  • Based in Kanagawa.

Since his student days, Watanabe Atsushiʼs artistic practice has involved channeling his own experiences to critically approach themes that may be deemed shameful or taboo by society. Watanabe, who suffered from the hikikomori affliction (complete social withdrawal) in the past, established the “Iʼm here project” as a way to highlight the voices and feelings of people living in isolation and loneliness through collaborative creative processes, and continues to push the potential of art to directly affect wider society.

His recent major exhibitions and projects include The Day We Saw the Same Moon, R16 studio (2021; Kanagawa, Japan), and Monument of Recovery, BankART SILK (2020; Kanagawa, Japan). Recent group exhibitions include his participation in Looking for Another Family, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (2020; Seoul, South Korea).

In 2020, Watanabe received the Yokohama Culture Awardʼs Culture and Art Encouragement Prize.

  • The Moon Will Rise Again from the project “The Day We Saw the Same Moon”, 2021
  • Photographs of the Moon by “I’m here project” members
  • The Day We Saw the Same Moon, R16 studio (Kanagawa, Japan)
  • Photo: Keisuke Inoue