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Chiharu Shiota, ‘The Key in the Hand (Installation view)’, 2015, 56th Venice Biennale
Chiharu Shiota, ‘The Key in the Hand (Installation view)’, 2015, 56th Venice Biennale
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The Key in the Hand (Installation view), 2015

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Venice
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Photo by Alex John Beck for Artsy.
Chiharu Shiota
Japanese, b. 1972
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Chiharu Shiota is known for her performative installations in which she weaves human-size webs from black thread, turning entire galleries into labyrinthine environments and often enclosing personal objects or even herself. Inspired by the installation and performance art of the 1970s, Shiota left Japan for Berlin to study under Marina Abramovic, whose influence can be seen in Shiota’s endurance-based performances like Try and Go Home (1998), in which the artist smeared her body with earth, entered a hole, and fasted for four days. Shiota’s work is also influenced by and aligned with that of Rebecca Horn, Ana Mendieta, Louise Bourgeois, and Eva Hesse, revealed in her use of materials and performative exploration of states of anxiety, oblivion, and remembering.

Chiharu Shiota, ‘The Key in the Hand (Installation view)’, 2015, 56th Venice Biennale
Chiharu Shiota, ‘The Key in the Hand (Installation view)’, 2015, 56th Venice Biennale
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About the work
Exhibition history
Medium
Installation
Image rights
Photo by Alex John Beck for Artsy.
Chiharu Shiota
Japanese, b. 1972
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Chiharu Shiota is known for her performative installations in which she weaves human-size webs from black thread, turning entire galleries into labyrinthine environments and often enclosing personal objects or even herself. Inspired by the installation and performance art of the 1970s, Shiota left Japan for Berlin to study under Marina Abramovic, whose influence can be seen in Shiota’s endurance-based performances like Try and Go Home (1998), in which the artist smeared her body with earth, entered a hole, and fasted for four days. Shiota’s work is also influenced by and aligned with that of Rebecca Horn, Ana Mendieta, Louise Bourgeois, and Eva Hesse, revealed in her use of materials and performative exploration of states of anxiety, oblivion, and remembering.

The Key in the Hand (Installation view), 2015

Location
Venice
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