MIKA NINAGAWA

Mika Ninagawa

蜷川実花 Mika Ninagawa noir 2010 27.9 x 35.6 cm c-print, framed ed of 10 ©mika ninagawa, Courtesy of Tomio Koyama Gallery

After graduating from Graphic Design department of Tama Art University in 1997, Mika Ninagawa has won numerous awards, including the 26th Kimura Ihei Award in 2001. She has held more than 80 solo exhibitions both in Japan and abroad, and received acclaims worldwide for her photo book Mika Ninagawa (Rizzoli N.Y., 2010). In recent years, she has broadened her scope of activities to film direction of “Sakuran” and “Helter Skelter”, and collaboration work with the fashion brands such as Celine and mastermind JAPAN. She is one of the most successful photographers at work today. She has held many exhibitions including two concurrent solo exhibitions in Taipei last year and “Daido Moriyama x Mika Ninagawa” at Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto. Also, she had a solo exhibition, “MIKA NINAGAWA EXHIBITION” at Urasoe Art Museum in this February and a photo exhibition, “PLANT A TREE” focusing exclusively on cherry blossoms at Tomio Koyama Gallery in Kiyosumi, Tokyo in this April.

This exhibition will feature the works from four series: “Acid Bloom” and “Liquid Dreams” (2003), “floating yesterday” (2004) and “noir” (2010). The subjects of her works such as flowers, animals, goldfish and scenery have the brilliant colors that arouse deep emotions and take us into a world which seems strangely unreal. The colors are permeated with light, and Ninagawa has continually experimented with light and color in order to grasp the richness and beauty of life. By strengthening of the light and the depth of color, “brilliantly colored darkness” comes up, and whether enclosed in light or wrapped in shadow, the subject of Ninagawa’s work is seen as an exuberance of life, an instantaneous beauty able to be shown only within the particular world she creates.

Artist Profile

Mika Ninagawa

Photographer, Director
Mika Ninagawa has been awarded numerous photography awards, such as Kimura Ihei Award. She has directed a number of video works including the films “Sakuran” (2007), “Helter Skelter” (2012), “Diner”(2019) and “No Longer Human”(2019). Currently her original drama for Netflix, “Followers” is released in 190 countries worldwide. In 2008, her solo exhibition “Mika Ninagawa: Earthly Flowers, Heavenly Colors” toured several museums throughout Japan, attracting a total of 180,000 visitors. In 2010, Ninagawa published a monograph by Rizzoli N.Y. In 2012, Ninagawa won the Silver Prize at the Shindo Kaneto Awards with “Helter Skelter”. She held extensive solo exhibitions mainly in Asian cities such as Taipei and Shanghai where they gathered the greatest number of visitors in their history. Her solo exhibition “Into Fiction/Reality Mika Ninagawa” started its tour from Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto in 2018 and will travel until 2021 throughout museums in Japan. She is one of the executive board members of the 2020 Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

For more information on the artist, please see the following URL.
https://mikaninagawa.com

  • installation view from [Mika Ninagawa exhibition] at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2012 ©mika ninagawa
  • installation view from [Mika Ninagawa exhibition] at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2012 ©mika ninagawa
  • installation view from [Mika Ninagawa exhibition] at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2012 ©mika ninagawa