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About Chiharu Shiota

Portrait of Chiharu Shiota sitting at her desk in her studio. Above her hangs the red frame of a sailing boat frame with red wool being threaded across it


Chiharu Shiota, 2020. Photo by Sunhi Mang. © Copyright Agency, 2020 and the artist

Born in Osaka in 1972. Lives and works in Berlin.

Confronting fundamental human concerns such as life, death, and relationships, Shiota explores human existence throughout various dimensions by creating silence from a former movement or absence from a prior existence either in her large-scale thread installations that include a variety of common objects and external memorabilia or through her drawings, sculptures, photography, and videos.

Shiota’s museum exhibitions include MoMA PS1, New York; National Museum of Art, Osaka; La Maison Rouge, Paris; The Museum of Art, Kōchi; Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art, Washington D.C.; Power Station of Art, Shanghai; and K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf. Her work has also been featured in the Biennale of Sydney, the Setouchi International Art Festival in Japan, the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea and the Yokohama Triennale, Japan. In 2015, Shiota represented Japan at the 56th Venice Biennale.