As the winner of the KG+ Award by Grand Marble in 2015, Eriko Koga is the featured artist in this year’s KYOTOGRAPHIE.
Tryadhvan is a collection of still lifes, nature and family − a statement of her new life. Tryadhvan is a Sanskrit term that expresses the unity of past, present and future worlds. This Buddhist concept teaches us that the present is the result of the past, and the future is an expression of the present. The three are seamlessly intertwined, inextricably bound to one another through cause and effect. This year’s show of Koga’s work at KYOTOGRAPHIE is scheduled to be curated by Pascal Beausse, head of photographic collections at the Centre national des arts plastiques in Paris.
Born in Fukuoka in 1980, Koga won the Sagamihara Photo City Prize for Newcomer Professionals in 2012. In 2014 she received the Nikkei National Geographic Photo Award. For her recent work Issan, Koga spent five years at the Mount Koya Monastery, the heart of Shingon esoteric Buddhism, founded by the priest Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai) 1,200 years ago. This three-volume collection of her photographs is a tour de force, depicting the majesty of the temple and its natural surroundings, and the daily lives of the people there. Like all of her previous work, Issan too deals with fundamental questions of “life and death.”

Tryadhvan © Eriko Koga

Eriko Koga, Tryadhvan, 2015 © Eriko Koga

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