Notification of Selection Results

We are pleased to announce the following artists who have been selected for “Artist In Family” AIRZ  Program 2018. This year, we received 98 applications from 49 countries/regions for the Open Call.

Alessandra Carosi


Artist Profile

Born in 1984 on the Italian east coast I recently moved to Paris to assist French artist Thomas Mailaender. I have recently been awarded the first prize at San Fedele Award for Contemporary Art (Milan) and my dummy Ruota has been shortlisted both at 2018 Kassel Dummy Award and 2018 PWA Aarhus Dummy award. I been shortlisted in several international contests like 2017 Lucie Foundation Scholarship (Photo made), 2017 Fondazione Fabbri Award and 2017 Photogrvphy Grant Award (nominee in Conceptual category) and a Residency program at Sconfinamenti project in Maritime Alps, Cuneo, (IT). My projects have been shown both in Italy (Centro Pecci in Prato, Fondazione Fabbri in Pieve di Soligo, FAST in Treviso, Spazio Tadini in Milan) and abroad(France, Arles and Paris).After graduating in Industrial Design, I have been working at Politecnico di Milano as Research Fellow and assisted Italian photographer Guido Guidi in Cesena. In 2012 I graduated from the photography course at CFP Bauer in Milan and in 2017 from the Master in Photography at IUAV in Venice. My work consists in the combination, editing, juxtaposition and recontextualization of images in order to generate new poetical visions, a new dialogue among images,questioning standards layers of meanings and narratives. I locate images in new contexts to provoke new reactions and create new association senses, opening new perspectives and translating psychological aspects into a visual poem, in my practice as a photographer, more than giving certain answers, I am interested in opening discussions and create doubts.

About Open Call

The final selection has been made by Masato Nakamura (Director of ART NPO ZERODATE) and a committee of ART NPO ZERODATE. The artists will arrive in Japan on October 1st, and participate in the “Artist In Family” AIRZ Program 2018 until October 30th (30 days).


Artist In Residence ZERODATE

We have been developing the art festival and art programs at Odate city and Kita-akita city every year since 2007, such as in vacant store of shopping district and in natural rich suburbs.
Many of the artists for the art festival will stay in the city every year, also we have conducted long-term residency program from 2012 to 2014.
In Akita prefecture, there are delicious food, Japanese sake, rich nature and a lot of hot springs.

Feature of AIR Z Program 2018

This program aims to expand as a base for international cultural exchange by directly connecting Odate City’s cultural and artistic practices with those of overseas regions. Through its activities involving the local culture and arts, the ZERODATE Art Project has succeeded in building a network among citizens, artists, companies, groups and institutions, as well as government administration. Yet in mind of the potential for diversity and sense of co-existence brought by overseas artists, ZERODATE hopes to initiate exchange between local artists and overseas AIR group for its upcoming activities and large-scale projects.
Today we look towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics with ever-growing diversity and global exchange going beyond our national borders. Inviting overseas artists with the ability to experience distinct regions in which to conduct fieldwork will serve to stimulate its local citizens and young artists. Furthermore, this serves to promote the internationalization of domestic artists and give rise to exchange between overseas nations and localities.
Moreover, by carrying out the new project known as AIF (“Artist In Family”), a deeper connection to the local community will be made, in which the artist will directly experience everyday life and surroundings. In turn, the host will first-handedly experience artistic expressions and diverse cultures, which will then be returned to the community. As this new model moves towards the development of self-sustainable AIR projects, it will also strengthen connections with overseas regions and groups, spreading overall cultural and artistic exchange between both sides.

Program summary

With the initiation of “Artist In Family”, the ZERODATE Art Project will invite two overseas artists. During the one-month stay with a local household, the artists will research the local area, create artwork, and present these results through an exhibition or event. One artist selected by a residency curator will be traveling from Edinburgh, Scotland, while the second artist will be selected from the international open call being held by the ZERODATE Art Project.

Research stipulations

Participants will begin a new work or research while in Japan and present the finished work or one part of a work-in-progress at the Artist Talk event and final presentation: exhibition format.

Residence period: October 1st-30th 2018

Support towards artists

•Flight to Japan, travel within Japan.
•Accommodation, workspace
•Per-diem (186,000 JPY) Total of daily expenses from October 1st to 30th.
•Production costs (Maximum 60,000 JPY)
•Research costs (Maximum 60,000 JPY)
•Coordination/interpretation support (Event translation, consultation)
•Opportunity to presentation research/work at the end of residency
•Opportunities to interact with Japanese artists and community at a local level


•Able to participate in the program starting from October 1st and ending on 30th, 2018 (※Please note that it will not be acceptable for participants to arrive after the start date).
•Able to make a presentation or performance for the artist talk.
•Experience in carrying out art projects and collaborating with local communities
•Demonstrated high quality of artwork or artist activity and experience participating in residencies and large-scale projects.
•In addition to independent artwork production, experience planning art events, etc.
•Able to submit a reflective writing piece of approximately 1500 words in English by October 30th, 2018 as part of the program
•All the receipts of items purchased toward art production and research should be submitted to the coordinator by October 28th, 2018. In return for the receipts, participants will be reimbursed for production and research costs (max 60,000 JPY each).

Conditions of participation

•Reside outside of Japan and be a citizen of a country other than Japan
•Be able to speak either English or Japanese at a conversational level
•Be in good health for intensive travel
•Have access to the equipment necessary to participate in a remote interview (i.e. a computer capable of connecting to the internet and using Skype)

Application procedure

Application form can be downloaded here → Application Form for Individual word | PDF
All of the following documents and information must be submitted by the deadline. Please note that applications passing the deadline or missing documents are not to be accepted.

•Recent CV
•Portfolio (at least 5 images, video, audio, essay or web links as relevant)
•Reference letter (recommendation from curator, professor, director or prominent artist)
•Reference materials describing the research/artwork to be created as part of this program. It is preferable that applicants submit documents which make it possible to understand plans for the research/artwork in detail.
•Proof of age and citizenship (e.g. a photocopy of your passport)
•Website from which representative works can be viewed or other reference materials about previous works.
•To complete the application process, please send the above materials via email attachments not bigger than 5MB to: info(at)

*We will accept entries only via email
*Submitted information will be only used for the selection for this residence program

DEADLINE: August 10th, 2018 17:00(JP Time)


Specified Nonprofit Corporation ART NPO ZERODATE
Address: 9 Aza-omachi, Odate city Akita prefecture, JAPAN 017-0841
Tel: +81(0)50-3332-3819 (Japanese)
Email: info(at)

Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2018

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