MIKA NINAGAWA

PLANT A TREE

PLANT A TREE, 2011 © mika ninagawa

This exhibition presents works from Mika Ninagawa’s photo book PLANT A TREE, published in 2011. The book (a limited edition of 700, numbered) is designed and edited by Satoshi Machiguchi, who also designed Ninagawa’s noir (2010), and is known for 40+1 PHOTOGRAPHERS PIN-UP (1995), which covers 40 photographers of his generation. Ninagawa usually gets involved in the editing process, but for the first time she left everything to Machiguchi.
In the series Ninagawa photographed cherry blossoms bloomed along Meguro river for only 3 hours one day in 2010. She captured flower petals falling, floating, and drifting away on the dark surface of the river. It gives a feeling of looking at them through tears, and wrings the viewer’s heart with the sense of fragility and conflict.

Artist Profile

Mika Ninagawa

Born in Tokyo, Mika Ninagawa is a photographer and a director. Mika Ninagawa has been awarded numerous photography awards, such as the most prestigious Kimura Ihei Award. She has also directed a number of video works including the film “Sakuran” (2007) and “Helter Skelter” (2012),“Diner”(2019), “No Longer Human”(2019). In 2008, the traveling solo exhibition “Mika Ninagawa: Earthly Flowers, Heavenly Colors” attracted a total of 180,000 visitors in several museums throughout the country. Rizzoli N.Y. published her monograph MIKA NINAGAWA in 2010 which drew a great attention around the world. In 2016, her extensive solo exhibition in MOCA Taipei gathered by far the greatest number of visitors in the history of the museum and solo exhibition “Mika Ninagawa” in Shanghai, 2017 earned favorable reputation. 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 "PLANT A TREE" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2012 ©mika ninagawa, Courtesy of Tomio Koyama Gallery
  • installation view from "PLANT A TREE" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2012 ©mika ninagawa, Courtesy of Tomio Koyama Gallery
  • installation view from "PLANT A TREE" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2012 ©mika ninagawa, Courtesy of Tomio Koyama Gallery