by Chiharu Shiota
‘‘Chiharu Shiota’s (Osaka, 1972) spectacular installations transform the spaces in which they unfold, and immerse the visitor in the artist’s universe. They combine textile materials such as wool and cotton with various elements, sculpted shapes or used objects.
The artist combines performance, body art and installation in a process that places the body at its center. Her protean artistic practice explores the notions of temporality, movement, memory and dream; and requires both the mental and physical involvement of the spectator. Chiharu Shiota’s highly acclaimed participation in the Venice Biennale, where she represented Japan in 2015, confirmed the international scope of her work.
Me Somewhere Else (2018), a work of great visual strength, occupies a very special place in the artist’s production. Shiota talks about her fight against her illness, and the certainty that her mind will survive her body. “Before I was diagnosed with cancer I thought that if I die, everything about me is going to die; I am going to die, but now I know only my body dies – not my mind. My mind remains somewhere else.”
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
October 19th, 2019