AWAY is a double-portrait of two audio-visual artists: the Dutch Janneke Küpfer staying in Japan and the Japanese Kyoko Inatome living in the Netherlands. The artwork and daily life form the core of the film. AWAY shows how the change of environment influences the artwork and their lives. The artists shift from trying to maintain their identity to integrating the new influences. They are models of people who go and live in foreign countries with strange cultures. In AWAY I want to indicate the importance of cultural exchange. The Japanese and Dutch culture differ to such an extend that AWAY shows an extreme image of the process of settling in perfectly strange surroundings. The documentary has two storylines that take place in the Netherlands and in Japan. The two mirror each other. Kyoko and Janneke are very different persons who react differently to a change of environment. The themes of their works are also distinctly different. Kyoko’s poetic work contrasts in a big way with the raw and urban work of Janneke.