Shiota Chiharu

  • Born 1972 in Osaka, Japan.
  • Based in Berlin, Germany.

Shiota Chiharu’s inspiration often emerges from a personal experience or emotion that she expands into universal human concerns such as life, death, and relationships. She has redefined the concepts of memory and consciousness by collecting shoes, keys, beds, chairs, dresses, and other ordinary objects and engulfing them in immense structures of thread. She explores the sensation of a presence within absence with her installations, also presenting intangible emotions in her sculptures, drawings, performance videos, photographs, and canvases.

In 2008, she was awarded the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Art Encouragement Prize for New Artists, Japan. In 2015, Shiota was selected to represent Japan at the 56th Venice Biennale (Italy). Her work has been displayed at international institutions worldwide including the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (2020; Wellington); Mori Art Museum (2019; Tokyo, Japan); Art Gallery of South Australia (2018; Adelaide); Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2018; UK); and The National Museum of Art, Osaka (2008; Japan)

  • Uncertain Journey, 2016/2019
  • The Soul Trembles (solo), Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photo: Sunhi Mang, Courtesy of Mori Art Museum
  • © JASPAR, Tokyo, 2021 and Chiharu Shiota