CHIHARU SHIOTA “THE LOCKED ROOM”

NEWSText: Aya Shomura

「掌の鍵」2015 ヴェネチア・ビエンナーレ国際芸術展, 日本館, イタリア, Photo: Sunhi Mang

“The Key in the Hand” 2015, International Art Exhibition – Venice Biennale, Japan Pavilion, Italy, Photo: Sunhi Mang

A Berlin-based artist, Chiharu Shiota‘s solo exhibition “The Locked Room” will start from September 14th at KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre. Confronting fundamental human concerns like life and death, she 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.

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Chiharu Shiota create very large artworks. It is installation stretching thread around exhibition space, and using material, dress, bed, shoes and traveling bag enclosed memory and trace by the people in everyday life. Shiota configures various material in artwork by original technique, Completed exhibits penetrate our heart and body silently having excellent beauty, not lost freshness and forcefulness. Therefore, her works give excitement around the world viewer beyond difference of language, cultural and historical background, politics, social situation, and introduced over 200 exhibitions in Japan, Western, Middle East, Oceania, and Asian countries so far.

Shiota exhibited the Japanese pavilion as Japanese representative artist in 56th Venice biennale, “The key in the Hands” obtain high evaluation by viewer, critic, and media from countries reconstruction and display new artwork as return memorial exhibition in Kanagawa Arts Theatre. Even this exhibition, titled “The Locked Room” using a large amount red thread and used keys provided by around the world people and 5 old doors newly in the biennale produce and showcase. And as related events, Dance and Music 4 programs will be held on stage of Shiota’s artworks, including 2 appearance and choreography planning by Shintaro Hirahara and Yukina Sakai as up-and-coming dancer and choreographer.

Chiharu Shiota “The Locked Room”
Date: September 14th – October 10th, 2016
Opening hours: 10:00 – 18:00 (Last entry 30 minutes before closing)
Place: KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre
Address: 281 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Admission: Adult 900 yen, College students and over 65 500 yen, under highschool students free
Tel: +81 (0)45 633 6500
http://www.kaat.jp

Text: Aya Shomura

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