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Chiharu Shiota

Trace of Memory

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Playing off the history of 516 Sampsonia Way, Chiharu Shiota explores the relationship between waking life and memories through hauntingly beautiful installations that incorporate everyday objects like books, suitcases, and beds encased in webs of yarn.

When

2013

About The Artist

Chiharu Shiota is a Japanese artist born in Osaka in 1972 and who studied art at the Kyoto Seika University in Japan. She is the winner of several awards, including the 2002 Philip Morris K.K Art Award and a Distinguished Service Medal from Kyoto Seika University. Her powerful installations have been exhibited in Europe and in Japan, including, “Memory of Books,” in the 2011 Venice Biennale. Shiota’s work is held by major collections, including The National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and the Museum für Neue Kunst Freiburg. Shiota lives and works in Berlin.

Shiota is best known for creating monumental yet delicate, poetic environments. Central to the artist’s work are the themes of remembrance and oblivion, dreaming and sleeping, traces of the past and childhood, and dealing with anxiety. Shiota explores the relationship between waking life and memories through hauntingly beautiful installations that incorporate everyday objects like shoes, pianos, and hospital beds encased in webs of yarn. Stretched in multi-layers in a gallery space, Shiota weaves disorienting cocoons of black yarn that reflect the artist’s desire to ‘draw in the air’.

Playing off the history of 516 Sampsonia Way, Chiharu Shiota explores the relationship between waking life and memories through hauntingly beautiful installations that incorporate everyday objects like books, suitcases, and beds encased in webs of yarn.

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