Chiharu Shiota

Absent Bodies
, 2016
Installation: red yarn, wooden chairs
15 x 4.5 x 4.5 m (dimensions variable) Click to enlarge

Biography

Born Osaka, Japan 1972
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

 

Over the course of the past three decades, Chiharu Shiota has built a stellar international career, exhibiting widely in major museums across Europe, Asia and Australia.

Chiharu Shiota is best known for intricate and large-scale installations that explore complex relationships between body and mind. She maps elusive sensations of emotion and memory by weaving tangible objects – clothing, musical instruments, furniture, letters, and even an incinerated piano – into extensive, tangled webs created with hundreds of metres of delicate thread. By imprisoning objects in this way, the artist creates atmospheric, otherworldly environments that inspire reflection on things past and meditation on future dreams.

Shiota has studied in several countries including at Kyoto Seika University, Japan in 1996, Canberra School of Art, Australian National University in 1994, Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Braunschweig, Germany in 1999 and at Universität der Künste, Berlin in 2003.

The artist represented Japan at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015, presenting The Key in the Hand in the Japanese Pavilion, curated by Hitoshi Nakano. Exhibitions include: ‘Seven Dresses’, Stadtgal­erie, Saarbrücken (2015); ‘Le Fil Rouge’, Espace culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris (2015); ‘Inhabiting the World’, Busan Biennale (2014); ‘Progress and Hygiene’, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2014); ‘Over the Continents’, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. (2014); ‘Home of Memo­ry’, La Maison Rouge, Paris (2011); ‘Inner Voices’, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (2011); ‘Walking in My Mind’, Hayward Gallery, London (2009); and ‘Breath of Spirit’, The National Museum of Art, Osaka (2008).

Public collections include: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; Museum für Neue Kunst Freiburg, Germany; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; The National Museum of Art , Osaka; Centre PasquArt, Switzerland.

 

CV

Bibliography

Artist website


Exhibitions

Chiharu Shiota

Absent Bodies

Chiharu Shiota

The Home Within
, Melbourne Town Hall

Recent Works

Chiharu Shiota

State of Being (Child’s Dress)
, 2017
Metal frame, child’s dress, red thread
80 x 45 x 45 cm

Chiharu Shiota

State Of Being (Child’s Dress)
, 2017
Metal frame, child’s dress, white thread
80 x 45 x 45 cm
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Chiharu Shiota

State of Being (Keys)
, 2016
Metal frame, keys, red thread
20 x 20 x 20 cm

Chiharu Shiota

State of Being (Book I)
, 2016
Metal frame, vintage books, red thread
20 x 20 x 20 cm

Chiharu Shiota

State of Being (Book II)
, 2016
Metal frame, vintage book, red thread
20 x 20 x 20 cm

Publications

Chiharu Shiota

The Key in the Hand
, 2015
Distanz

Chiharu Shiota

The Hand Lines
, 2014
Casa Asia

News

Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota plucks the strands of our most distant memories

From Broadsheet, 11/10/16
by Bianca Winataputri

Chiharu Shiota’s Absent Bodies is like an enormous, red web left by what must be an enormous spider. The constellation of thread, like a million veins, envelops Anna Schwartz Gallery, wall to wall. Through the mess of tangled threads you can see, faintly, two chairs. “No one sits there but it is still in existence. […]

Chiharu Shiota : Absent Bodies

From Australian Book Review, 12/10/16
by Andrea Goldsmith

There have been a handful of occasions in my life when I have stood before a work of art intending to look at it, appraise it, only to find myself drawn into it. In some strange way I become part of the work. It is as if my imagination has merged with the imaginative space […]