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Chiharu Shiota is primarily known for large-scale installations such as The Key In The Hand (2015) with which she represented Japan at the 56th Venice Biennale. The starting points for the majority of Shiota’s installations are collections of used possessions; belongings, haunted by memories, that act as expressions of human acts. Complex networks of yarn are often interlaced around and between objects, linking their inherent narratives and creating a new visual plane, as if painting in mid-air.
Shiota initially studied painting at Seika University, Kyoto. During this time she undertook an exchange residency at Canberra School of Art, Australia. It was here that she began to explore the boundaries of painting, staging her first performance Becoming Painting (1994) in which she used her body as a canvas.
She moved to Germany in 1996 and continued her studies, firstly in Braunschweig and later Berlin, where she continues to live today. Her installations began receiving international attention in 2000, primarily through the group exhibition Continental Shift at the Ludwig Forum, Aachen and also the 2001 Yokohama Triennale.
In silence. Bienne, 2008 In Silence [CentrePasquArt, Biel – Bienne ]
His Chair [MART-Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Trento / Rovereto]
Trace of Life [Torstrasse 166-Das Haus der Vorstellung, Berlin]
“The Key in the Hand”, 2015, The 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, Venice/Italy, photo by Sunhi Mang
During Sleep [The National Museum of Art, Osaka]