Naohiro Ninomiya

Fleeting Moments

We are proud to present a retrospective solo exhibition featuring the works of Japanese photographer Naohiro Ninomiya at our gallery.
Ninomiya (1969) moved from Japan to Strasbourg in 1988 to pursue his dream of becoming an artist. This move fostered a deepening appreciation for his native culture and philosophies. Regular visits to Japan, provide him with the raw photographic material. It is in Strasbourg where Ninomiya translates these photos into his artistic creations.
Throughout the exhibited series spanning a period from 2010 until today, the profound connection between Ninomiya and Japan is unmistakable. Moreover, his body of work is infused with the essence of wabi-sabi, celebrating the beauty found in imperfection, impermanence and incompleteness.
"Katami" (2013), for example, grapples with the transience of life. Following the passing of his mother, Ninomiya embarked on creating photograms of her kimonos. These ephemeral pieces reflect the fragile nature of human existence.The series "Glanage," (2019 - ongoing), comprises delicate oro-tone works that Ninomiya gathers, serving as tokens of gratitude for the fleeting moments of beauty encountered in everyday life. In "Nokomi" (2017 – ongoing), Ninomiya captures carp swimming upstream in water that was used to craft the washi paper upon which they are portrayed. The irregular edges of the prints underscore the beauty found in imperfection and signify the constant motion within the water and the universe at large.

Artists: Naohiro Ninomiya

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