The Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur (JFKL) has announced an open call for The Tokyoiter Exhibition 2024. This upcoming event invites talented Malaysian artists and creatives to celebrate Tokyo’s vibrant city and its residents’ captivating stories.
For the uninitiated, The Tokyoiter is a collection of faux magazine cover illustrations by illustrators from all over the world. Through imaginary magazine cover tributes, the project pays homage to Tokyo and its unique narratives.
Inspired by The New Yorker’s traditional cover art and creative initiative, The Parisianer, The Tokyoiter is a project that gathers illustration and drawing enthusiasts to showcase featured artists to a wider audience.
JFKL is inviting artists and creatives who are currently based in Malaysia and aged 18 years and above to submit their creative tributes to Tokyo in the format of The Tokyoiter magazine covers.
Submissions should reflect elements of Tokyo’s rich culture, whether they be traditional, pop culture, or anything in between. Participants must have spent time in Tokyo, including short-term visits, and should attach a photo from their time in Tokyo or Japan to their submission for verification.
The five selected artists will be notified by 22 December 2023, and each winner will receive RM1,000 and a certificate. The winners will collaborate with JFKL to produce the final prints for the exhibition.
The jury panel for The Tokyoiter Exhibition consists of Andrew Joyce and David Robert from The Tokyoiter, Kenta Chai, graphic designer of KentaWorks Graphic, and CC Kua, a Kuala Lumpur-based visual artist, illustrator, and graphic designer.
The submission deadline is 3 December 2023, and the selected artworks will be announced by 22 December for the exhibition that will be happening from 20 January to 4 February 2024 at Temu House.
Don’t miss the chance to be a part of The Tokyoiter Exhibition 2024 and showcase your artistic talents in celebration of Tokyo. For more details and to download the submission documents, visit JFKL’s website.
Images via The Tokyoiter website.