Tryadhvan is a buddhist word in Sanskrit that expresses the three worlds (the world of the past, the world of the present, the world of the future).
What is my own existence, what is the source of that life? Those are questions that arise when looking through old family albums, through family registers.
Photos, by stepping into and freely wandering in the stream of time, allow confronting with a self that lets go of one’s self.
While creating this book, the destination that Eriko Koga travelled to was within her own self, and from there, the limitless time between the three worlds.
A masterpiece in which time lives and breathes between the pages, bound in traditional Japanese style, in sealed-page printing.
“The new life forming in her own body is one of the focal points of this very personal world. Tryadhvan is, however, far more than just a celebration of life or a story of personal happiness.[…]
People talk about the mystery of life, but women are constantly aware of the smell of death within life, embracing their own death too as they tremble in fear of the undeniable fragility of life. Koga makes no attempt to hide the disquiet that this experience brings.”
— from “Tryadhvan” by Mariko Takeuchi