Graphic Passport

Tokyo Graphic Passport 2015 in New York

Tokyo Graphic Passport in NY opens by a presentation.

Tokyo Graphic Passport is a series of events organised by +81 to bring prominent Japanese artists and designers who have garnered national and international recognition under the limelight on the global stages of New York City, Paris, Bangkok etc. This year the conference will be presented in collaboration with the Design and Advertising Department at School of Visual Arts. We aim to introduce and fortify conversations on contemporary Japanese art and design cultures to the wider and cosmopolitan audiences. The underlying concept that unifies the diverse participants and audience is the acute aesthetic sensibility regardless of creative genres.


3 artists and designers; Asami Kiyokawa, Kohei Nawa, Masahi Kawamura, who are on the forefront of the creative scene will give their presentations at School of Visual Arts. The panelists will discuss their work processes, inspirations, ideas and aesthetics. This will be a rare opportunity to engage with the behind-the-scenes ideas on the celebrated projects such as "PixCell" series, "Female Beauty Collection", "Techne: Visual Workshop," and more; all with distinctive styles and unique expressions. The panelists have won distinguished awards including Adobe Cutting Edge Award, Cannes Design Lion Gold, Best Debutante Award, Umehara Awards/Kirin Art Awards and others. Tokyo Graphic Passport will serve as a platform for cultural exchanges on the topic of visual communication.

Date:3.19.2015 THU 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.)
Time: 7:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Asami Kiyokawa
8:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Masahi Kawamura
8:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. Kohei Nawa
9:15 p.m. - Q&A
Venue:SVA Theatre
Entrance:Free (Advance Reservation Required)

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for more than six decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world.


Asami Kiyokawa


Masachi Kawamura

Creative Director / Founder of Party

Kohei Nawa


Female artist who currently draws the most audience in Japan.

Works both as an artist and advertising art director and designer. Held her first solo exhibition in 2001. Started making art pieces with embroidered technique since 2003. Selected major works include "Female Beauty Collection" and Complex Series. Collaborative children's book "Is there God or not" with artist Shuntaro Tanigawa was chosen as an award-winning author of Japanese Board of Books for Young People which is the biannual world wide competition. Her numerous awards include the "VOCA" exhibition prize, the "VOGUE JAPAN Women of the Year" award, and "ASIAGRAPH Creator's Award (Tsumugi Award)". Exhibited her artworks at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in 2014 and recently worked on space/interior design.

Designer who was chosen as one of the Creative magazine's "Creative 50."

Masashi Kawamura is the Executive Creative Director & Founder of the Creative Lab PARTY in Tokyo & New York. He continues to explore creativity in variety of fields including advertising, music videos, product design, and digital installations, and has been chosen as one of the Creativity Magazine's "Creative 50," and Fast Company's "100 most creative people in business".

Leading artist in the contemporary Japanese Art scene.

Born in 1975. Sculptor and assistant professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design. Director of "SANDWICH", a creative platform established in 2009 in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto. In 1998, he obtained his Ph.D. in Fine Art Sculpture from Kyoto City University of Arts. In 2011, his first major solo exhibition was sold at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT). In 2013, he successfully completed "Manifold", a large scale permanent public art installation in Cheonan, Korea and later participated in Setouchi Triennale and Aichi Triennale. Maintaining the unique concept of "PixCell" as an axis, his work continues to unfold in diverse expressions.


+81, a creative magazine distributed among approximately 30 countries around the world, has been hosting creative conference Graphic Passport since 2009. At every Graphic Passport, we invite leading creators from various fields to be part of the program. The events have received acclaim not only for the quality but also the volume and range of events including conferences, exhibitions, portfolio viewings, and workshops being held. Graphic Passport has been held at various venues such as the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.D. (2010), Centre George Pompidou in Paris (2011), National Center for the Performance Arts in Mumbai (2012), Senac in Sao Paolo (2012). In 2013, it was held in Tokyo with the theme of typographic art from the creators featured in +81 magazine, and in 2014 Graphic Passport was held in New York and Bangkok.


SVA Theatre

333 West 23 Street, New York NY 10011