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18th “1_WALL” Photography

Today, modes of artistic expression are becoming increasingly diversified, and together with artists who wholeheartedly seek to express themselves in new ways, Guardian Garden aspires to be a venue for considering new expressive modes. This aspiration derives from our hope that artists will overcome any hurdles in their way by offering them a gallery wall where they can express themselves freely, through their works.

Judging Results

Final Round of Judging

Grand Prize

"Hyper ≠ Linking with…"
Taisuke Nakano
Born in 1994 / Graduated from Musashino Art University, majoring in Imaging Arts and Sciences.
Words somebody said, having a connection with somebody, shattered what I had thought into pieces and transported me to a different place. Where am I, I wonder. Maybe in a parallel world.

Final Round of JudgingFri. March 23, 2018

The third and final round of judging is conducted open to public viewing. The six finalists give presentations of their works on display and their plans for their solo exhibition if they win the Grand Prize. The judges discuss the merits of each finalist’s portfolio, works shown, and presentation, and together decide the winner of the Grand Prize.

“1_WALL” ExhibitionTue. March 20, 2018 - Fri. April 13, 2018

A group exhibition is held spotlighting the six finalists to emerge from the second round of judging. Each finalist is allocated a gallery wall (approx. 3.85m wide and 2.5m high) to display their works. Besides the works themselves, the judges also take into consideration how the finalists use their overall display space and how they show their works.

Success in the Second Round of Judging


  • "Before taking the yoke and coming to the end"

    Franco Tadeo Inada

    Born in 1982

    Graduated from Aichi University of the Arts, Faculty of Art, with a concentration in Design.

  • "Dear Emotion"

    Ayano Kageyama

    Born in 1992

    Graduated from Tokyo Polytechnic University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Photography.

  • "Letters To You"

    Taro Karibe

    Born in 1988

    Graduated from Nanzan University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Psychology and Human Relations.

  • "Hyper ≠ Linking with…"

    Taisuke Nakano

    Born in 1994

    Graduated from Musashino Art University, majoring in Imaging Arts and Sciences.

  • "Circulation"

    Lily Shu

    Born in 1988

  • "J"

    Chiawen Lin

    Born in 1988

    Completed a Master’s Degree in Photography at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Faculty of Film and TV.

Judges’ Encouragement Prizes

  • "closed room and universe"


    Selected by Kotaro Iizawa

  • "null(Three Steps Forward)"

    Kai Tamaki

    Selected by Risaku Suzuki

  • "On that side…"

    Jun Nakagawa

    Selected by Arata Dodo

  • "a planet near but far"

    Ryu Ika

    Selected by Kimi Himeno

  • "Waiting for spring with a resonance"

    Yasuhiro Sakuma

    Selected by Rei Masuda

Second Round of JudgingWed. January 31, 2018

A portfolio review is held one-on-one between each entrant and a judge. Here, the entrants are given the opportunity to directly explain the motives behind their works or their production process. After all portfolio reviews are completed, the judges assemble to discuss their assessments and select the six finalists.

Success in First Round of Judging

Entrants Who Successfully Passed the First Round of Judging

  • Akinobu Ikeda
  • Franco Tadeo Inada
  • Yuri Ueno
  • H/N
  • Kazuki Osonari
  • Ayano Kageyama
  • Taro Karibe
  • Haruna Kawakami
  • Yuya Koike
  • Yasutaka Konno
  • Sachiko Saito
  • Yasuhiro Sakuma
  • TAIL
  • Kei Shimazu
  • Rie Shirokura
  • Soichiro Suizu
  • Song Chen
  • Kai Tamaki
  • Zhang Yu
  • Jun Nakagawa
  • Taisuke Nakano
  • Mariko Hara
  • Taro Fukumoto
  • Toshiko Fujii
  • Asuka Hori
  • Yuki Moriya
  • Ryu Ika
  • Lily Shu
  • Chiawen Lin
  • Rohi

Portfolio JudgingFri. January 19, 2018 - Tue. January 30, 2018

Judging is performed based on entrants’ work files and data. The judges, all prominent in their respective fields – design, illustration, photography, etc. – plus members of the secretariat, render their judgments from various perspectives. Thirty entrants are selected to continue on to the second round of judging.

Grand Prize Award Privileges


Solo Exhibition at Guardian Garden

200,000 JPY to prepare for the solo exhibition

Scheduled to take place in January-February,2019

The Grand Prize winner receives the opportunity to hold a solo exhibition at Guardian Garden roughly one year after the “1_WALL” Exhibition. The gallery is provided free of charge, and the winner is presented 200,000 JPY to prepare for the show. Publicity assistance, including support in preparing a show leaflet, is also provided.


This series of exhibitions features former participants in “1_WALL” competitions who passed the first round of judging. All entrants meeting those qualifications are eligible. To date, exhibitions have focused attention on up-and-coming art directors, graphic designers, illustrators and photographers.


Finalists in “1_WALL” competitions (entrants who have passed the first and second rounds of judging) can have their name registered on the ARTIST page accessible on the Guardian Garden website.


  • Kotaro Iizawa

    (Photography Critic)

    Born in Miyagi Prefecture in 1954. In 1984 he completed a PhD in Art at the University of Tsukuba. From 1990 to 1994 he served as editor-in-chief of the quarterly photography magazine “Deja-vu.” His recent publications include “Photobooks make the history!” (CMS) and “Archive of Contemporary Japanese Photography 2011-2013” (Seikyusha).

  • Risaku Suzuki


    Born in Shingu, Wakayama, in 1963. In 2000 he received the 25th Kimura Ihei Award in Photography for “PILES OF TIME.” His recent publications include “Water Mirror” (Case Publishing / Fine-Art Photography Association), “SAKURA” (edition nord), “Étude” (SUPER LABO), “Between the Sea and the Mountain – Kumano ” (amanasalto), “Ishiki no nagare” [Stream of Consciousness] (edition nord) and “Atelier of Cézanne” (Nazraeli Press).

  • Arata Dodo


    Born in Osaka in 1974, raised in Nara. In 1995 he won the “Konica Introducing New Generation Photographers” Grand Prix. In 1999 he published the photo book “Ways of Shanghai 1994-1999” (Mole Press). In 2000 he received the Photographic Society of Japan’s Newcomer’s Award; in 2004, the New York ADC Jury’s Special Award; and in 2009, the Japan Advertising Photographers’ Association Outstanding Advertising Award. In 2012 he published the photo book “TAIGAN” (AKAAKA Art Publishing Inc.) and received the 38th Kimura Ihei Award.

  • Kimi Himeno

    (Principal and director of AKAAKA Art Publishing)

    Established AKAAKA Art Publishing in 2006. To date the company has published more than 200 books, mainly photo books and art books. Publications include many recipients of the Kimura Ihei Award: Lieko Shiga (“CANARY” 2007); Atsushi Okada (“I am” 2007); Masashi Asada (“Asadake” 2008); Cozue Takagi (“MID” 2009; “GROUND” 2009); Arata Dodo (“Taigan” 2012); Ryuichi Ishikawa (“A Grand Polyphony” 2014; “okinawan portraits 2010-2012” 2014); and Aya Fujioka (“Here Goes River” 2017). Since 2018 she is also a professor at Osaka University of Arts.

  • Rei Masuda

    (Chief curator at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)

    Born in Kobe in 1968. Completed the graduate course in Area Studies at the University of Tsukuba. Since 1992 he has worked at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT). Among exhibitions he has curated in recent years are: “Josef Koudelka Retrospective” (2013), “Narahara Ikko: Domains” (2014), and “Thomas Ruff” (2016).