On the occasion of Chiharu Shiota’s exhibition in the Japan Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition, the Venice Biennale, the Japan Cultural Institute in Rome presents her recent works including installations and drawings.
Chiharu Shiota presents at the Istituto Giapponese di Cultura in Rome FOLLOW THE LINE, a critically-acclaimed installation composed of sketches and videos made for the Japanese Pavilion.
The installation features two ancient looking boats, 400km of red yarn and more than 50,000 keys. The piece points towards memory through its composition of materials as the keys were collected from thousands of people around the world.
The Berlin-based artist Chiharu Shiota was born in Osaka.
Confronting fundamental human concerns like life and death, Shiota explores questions such as “What does it mean to be alive?” and “What is existence?” in large-scale installations that make use of a variety of media including sculptural elements, photography, and video. Her installation “The Key in the Hand” at the Japan Pavilion is representing Japan at the 56. International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale. In 2007, she was awarded the Ministry of Education in the Art Encouragement Prize for her solo exhibition From in Silence, held at Kanagawa Kenmin Hall. She has held solo shows at the Museum of Art, Kochi (2013), Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art (2012), Casa Asia (Spain, 2012), and the National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan (2008) among others. She has also participated in countless international exhibitions such as the Kyiv International Biennale of Contemporary Art (Ukraine), Art Setouchi (Japan), Aichi Triennale (Japan), Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (Russia), International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville (Spain), Kwanju Biennale (South Korea), and Yokohama Triennale (Japan). She was also named Japan Cultural Envoy by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2012 and visited Australia in this capacity.
Till 23 January 2016
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