CHIHARU SHIOTA: EMBODIED
24 August - 28 October 2018
A leading international artist, Chiharu Shiota has a longstanding
relationship with Australia, dating back to a seminal experience as an exchange student at the
Australian National University’s Canberra School of Art, in 1993–94. It was in Australia that she
had a breakthrough moment which led to her signature ‘thread installations’, a period in her
practice that has rarely been studied in depth, until now.
In August 2018 the Art Gallery of South Australia will present the first major solo survey
exhibition in Australia of Chiharu Shiota’s work. Beginning as autobiographical excavations, her
installations draw on personal experiences and emotions to create universally resonant works.
Through significant loans from the artist and private and public lenders in Germany, Japan and
Australia, this exhibition will explore Shiota’s early performance pieces, captured through
her photographs, drawings and movingimage works.
The centrepiece of this exhibition will be a major commissioned acquisition for the
collection featuring Shiota’s iconic string practice. A unique drawing in space, this truly
immersive work will use kilometres of red wool and feature new sculptural elements. The work,
, the only large-scale permanent installation of Shiota’s work in a public
institution in Australia, will be realised in the historic Melrose Wing.
2008_nationalmuseum_osaka_breath_of_the_spirit_ 1, Chiharu Shiota, Germany, born 1972,
Breath of the spirit, 2008, Osaka, black wool and beds; Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz
Gallery, installation view: National Museum, Osaka.