Chiharu Shiota

Heir of Ana Mendieta and a whole generation of feminist artists form the early 70’s, Shiota works with her body as an intervention space, realizing performances that deal with our link with the earth, the past and the memory.

Well known for her installations with thread as main material, her symmetric tangles captivate the spectator at first sight, creating feelings that go between safety and fear, fascination and ugliness, while awakening memories, and both absence and existence as philosophical matters.

The presence and absence of her body is the thread running through her work, and ultimately is what makes it possible to understand her confrontation with the question of defining the artwork, the artistic subject and the public, the interior and exterior space.

In Shiota’s philosophy the true artwork is created only when the expectations for familiar artistic forms of expression are abandoned in favor of a perception of things that get by without any attributions of meaning.



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Doponchelle, Valérie, "Les robes fantômes de Chiharu Shiota," Le Figaro, May 9, 2012. (web)

Crow, Kelly, “In Washington, 300 Shoes Tied to Memories,” The Wall Street Journal, August 15, 2014. (web)

Giuliano, Marco, “Interview: Chiharu Shiota,” Impakter, July 28, 2014. (web)

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Azzarello, Nina, “web of wool emerges from this sculptural steel piano at yorkshire sculpture park chapel,” designboom, May 20, 2018. (web)

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Galea, Anna Marie, “Giving public spaces new meaning,” Times Malta, December 30, 2018. (web)

Andrews, Zach, “chiharu shiota weaves webs around two seated performers, 100 years after WWI,” designboom, Febuary 10, 2019. (web)

Riethmüller, Christian, “Den Faden aufgenommen,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, April 2, 2019. (web)

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