Chiharu Shiota

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Born in 1972 in the Japanese city of Osaka, Chiharu Shiota has been living and working in Berlin since 1997. She studied at the Berlin University of Fine Arts then the Hamburg University of Fine Arts and worked at Rebecca Horn's studio and with Marina Abramovic. Her artistic language has been influenced by artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse and Ana Mendieta, both in terms of physical experimentation and an exploration of the unconscious, and with the choice of delicate materials like fabrics and thread, traditionally associated with femininity. Shiota’s radical and protean artistic approach explores the notions of the body, temporality, movement, memory and dreams. Her site-specific installations are often the theatre for performances designed by the artist and involving the mental and bodily participation of the viewer.










  • A Key in the Hand, 2015
    apanese Pavilion, Venice Biennale



  • A Key in the Hand, 2015
    Japanese Pavilion, Venice Biennale



  • Dialogue, 2014
    suspended vintage suitcases, motors, red thred
    installation in situ
    site specific installation



  • State of Being (Paper), 2015
    Metal frame, paper and black thread
    81,5 x 109,5 x 103,5 cm
    32 1/8 x 43 1/8 x 40 3/4 in.



  • State of Being (Mirror), 2015
    Metal frame, mirror and black thread
    93 x 94 x 74,5 cm
    36 5/8 x 37 x 29 3/8 in.



  • State of Being (Keys), 2015
    Acrylic box, keys and white thread
    70 x 35 x 35 cm
    27 1/2 x 13 3/4 x 13 3/4 in.



  • State of Being (Children's Shirts), 2015
    Acrylic box, children's shirts and black thread
    50 x 50 x 30 cm
    19 5/8 x 19 5/8 x 11 3/4 in.



  • State of Being (Book), 2015
    Acrylic box, book and black thread
    50 x 50 x 30 cm
    19 5/8 x 19 5/8 x 11 3/4 in.



  • State of Being (Trombone), 2012
    Metal, trombone, black thread
    120 x 80 x 45 cm
    47 1/4 x 31 1/2 x 17 3/4 in.



  • State of Being (Keys), 2015
    Metal frame, keys and red thread
    148 x 58 x 60 cm
    58 1/4 x 22 7/8 x 23 5/8 in.



  • Accumulation: Searching for Destination, 2014-2016
    Installation of suspended suitcases with motors
    Dimensions variables
    Variable dimensions
    View of Art Basel Unlimited 2016



  • House, 2013
    installation: black thread, wooden house, light bulb
    dimensions variables
    dimensions vary



  • State of Being (Hand Puppets), 2013
    metal, black threads, hand puppets
    150 x 160 x 75 cm
    59 x 63 x 29 1/2 in.



  • In Silence (Art Unlimited 2013), 2002-2013
    Black wool threads, chairs and burnt grand piano
    dimensions variables
    dimensions vary



  • In Silence (Art Unlimited 2013), 2002-2013
    Black wool threads, chairs and burnt grand piano
    dimensions variables
    dimensions vary



  • State of Being (Children's Dress), 2013
    Metal, red threads and children dress
    80 x 45 x 45 cm
    31 1/2 x 17 3/4 x 17 3/4 in.



  • A Room of Memory, 2012
    Installation view



  • Memory of Books, 2011
    Gervasuti Foundation, Venice



  • From Where We Come And What We Are, 2011
    Exhibition view, La Maison Rouge, Paris



  • State of Being (Chair), 2011
    Mettallic stics, chair and white paint
    100 x 100 x 80 cm
    39 3/8 x 39 3/8 x 31 1/2 in.



  • Vue de l'installation "Infinity", Galerie Daniel Templon, 2012
    dimensions variables / dimensions vary



  • Infinity, Galerie Daniel Templon, 2012
    black thread, light bulbs, timer
    dimensions variables / dimensions vary



  • After The Dream, 2011
    installation view, Maison Rouge, Paris

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