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.