Chiharu Shiota: The Key in the Hand
The Key in the Hand presents a large-scale installation by Chaharu Shiota at the 56th International Art exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, Japan Pavilion. Based in Berlin, Shiota is one of the most internationally active Japanese artists. She makes nomadism her existential condition by referencing the need to travel in her work. This exhibition consists of two wooden boats, with red yarn hanging above, stretching across the room, and enveloping its audience. The use of keys and boats within this work symbolise opportunities and hope. The boats are a symbol of carrying people and time, floating along a huge sea of global and individual memories.