Mika Ninagawa "Everlasting Flowers"

Emily Ma

What will be offered as a token in our memory when we're gone? How do we honor those that came before us?

Mika Ninagawa's photobook “Everlasting Flowers” captures the photographer’s first encounter with artificial flowers. Showcasing Ninagawa's unique approach to photography, the series combines vivid, hyper-saturated colors with a deep exploration of themes including life, death, and the ephemeral nature of beauty. These perennial flowers, offered to the dead at gravesites and altars, present a blurring silhouette that evokes a conviction of having ventured into the other side, accompanied by a dizzying sensation.