Chiharu Shiota: The Key in the Hand
Born Osaka, Japan 1972
Lives and works in Berlin
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 capturing 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 Canberra School of Art, Australian National University in 1994, Kyoto Seika University, Japan in 1996, 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); Breath of Spirit, The National Museum of Art, Osaka (2008).
Public and private collections include the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Detached, Hobart; Museum für Neue Kunst Freiburg, Germany; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; The National Museum of Art, Osaka; Ömer Koc, Istanbul; Centre PasquArt, Switzerland.
2nd – 5th August 2018
Melbourne Art Fair
1st – 12th August 2018
Anna Schwartz Gallery
7th October – 17th December 2016
Anna Schwartz Gallery
The Home Within
6th – 23rd October 2016
Melbourne Town Hall
18th March – 5th June 2016
20th Biennale of Sydney
The Key in the Hand
9th May – 22nd November 2015
Japan Pavilion 56th Venice Biennale
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