Closing Remarks

Kiyo Bank presents UNKNOWN ASIA 2020 ONLINE has ended its communication period with exhibitors as of 20:00 on December 13.

UNKNOWN ASIA has been held since 2015 as an artist-led art fair, and last year the venue was moved to the Grand Front Osaka Knowledge Capital Congressional Convention Center in Umeda, Osaka, where a record number of 290 exhibitors from 10 countries and regions including Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia participated. And also drew about 13,000 visitors. However, the situation has changed dramatically, and for 2020, we have decided to change from holding art fairs as real events to holding our first attempt at an online art fair, with the aim of providing opportunities for artists.

First of all, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Kiyo Bank, our special sponsor, and the other 15 sponsors for their support of this first attempt. I would also like to express my sincere appreciation to the 19 judges from various countries who participated as key persons in Asia, the approximately 150 reviewers, the cooperating and media partners, and the related companies for their great cooperation. Thank you very much.
We would also like to express our gratitude to the many visitors who came to our booth during the three days of the event. We would like to thank all the visitors for coming.
I would also like to thank all the exhibitors who made the decision to exhibit and challenge UNKNOWN ASIA with their own presentations, despite the uncertainty of the first online exhibition. This year, in addition to Japan and other Asian countries, we also had exhibitors from Europe. I would like to thank you all with great respect.

With the slogan "ASIA IS ONE", UNKNOWN ASIA is a platform for artists from Asia who have yet to be seen to gather. Even though the event has gone from a real event to an online one, this has not changed. In the online booths, people such as judges, reviewers, and visitors communicated with the exhibitors through chats and web calls, a scene that was also seen at the real event. In addition, the unique feature of UNKNOWN ASIA, where exhibitors become friends with each other, remained unchanged online, and there were many scenes where people visited each other's booth pages and communicated.
I sincerely hope that a variety of projects between judges / reviewers and artists will be born in Japan and other parts of Asia in the future. In addition, UNKNOWN ASIA will continue to support artists such as this year's Grand Prix winner, JooLee Kang, so that they can take advantage of UNKNOWN ASIA to further their careers.

This year's event has presented the possibility of an online art fair and a new opportunity for artists. We will continue to work together with our partners to create opportunities to contribute to the promotion of the creative scene in Japan and Asia.

Finally, thank you very much for your support, cooperation, participation and attendance to this new challenge. I can't thank you enough.
We look forward to your continued support and patronage in the future.

December 13, 2020
UNKNOWN ASIA Executive Committee
Executive Producer / Ryo Takahashi

*The artist pages of Kiyo Bank presents UNKNOWN ASIA 2020 ONLINE will continue to be available for viewing.