4 OCTOBER 2023 – 30 MARCH 2024

From October 4, 2023, to March 30, 2024, at Vincom Center for Contemporary Art (VCCA), the large-scale installation exhibition A TIDE OF EMOTIONS will be presented to public view for the first time in Vietnam, featuring artworks by Japanese female artist Chiharu Shiota, a worldwide famous name in conceptual art.

Chiharu Shiota is revered as one of Asia's foremost female visionaries in the global realm of contemporary art. Through decades of her artistic odyssey, Shiota has ventured across a spectrum of creative realms, from the ephemeral dance of performance art to the silent reverie of painting, the tangible whispers of sculpture to the immersive embrace of installation. Shiota's works are a convergence of beauty in both form and content, both making a strong visual impression and containing countless layers of deep meaning within.

© Image by The Quang Do

The exhibition A TIDE OF EMOTIONS includes completely new works made at VCCA. Notably, the main work with the same title covers VCCA's huge space with a network of red threads, which are the representative material of the artist, linked to the wooden boats which carry history and stories and harbour multitudes of metaphors for a land like Vietnam, where a coastline stretches long as the eye can trace.

© Image by The Quang Do

With deft hands, Shiota weaves threads of life, transforming the mundane into the monumental. Hundreds of thousands of threads tell stories of yore, and pathways that intertwine past and present, evoking the calligraphy of an ancient world, and the tradition of a thousand looms. In the crucible of her subjective vision, Chiharu forges works that speak of memory's gentle touch, of the sanctuary of home, of migrations silent and profound, of the dance between life and death. In the crimson of her palette, Chiharu finds the echo of her soul, entwined in a dance of joy, a celebration of life's embrace.

A TIDE OF EMOTIONS is the first exhibition by Chiharu Shiota in Vietnam. Bearing a relationship to essential, universal notions, the exhibition will become a significant place for everyone and enable them to see the world in a different way.



Chiharu Shiota (b. 1972 in Osaka, Japan) is currently based in Berlin. Her university career spans several years: She studied at the Kyoto Seika University in Kyoto (Japan) from 1992 to 1996, was an exchange student at The Australian National University School of Art in Canberra (Australia) in 1993-93, and a student at Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig (Germany) from 1997 to 1999, and lastly at Universität der Künste Berlin (Germany) from 1999 to 2003.

Shiota’s inspiration often emerges from a personal experience or emotion which she expands into universal human concerns such as life, death, and relationships. She has redefi...
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