26 MARCH – 27 AUGUST 2023

Chiharu Shiota has been selected as the inaugural artist to be featured in the Hammer’s redesigned lobby and has enveloped the area with a unique and visceral installation.Shiota is a Berlin-based artist whose installations, sculptures, and performances invoke psychogeographic spaces of memory, emotions, and the cyclical nature of life and death. Using red, black, or white yarn as a base material, Shiota creates meticulously webbed environments that span the length of entire galleries and mimic organic forms such as cobwebs, veins, and fractals. Shiota also includes a range of found objects in these works such as wooden chairs, abandoned shoes, rusted keys, and used dresses as a strategy to implicate viewers in the artist's personal narratives that are often universal in nature.Hammer Projects: Chiharu Shiota is organized by Erin Christovale, curator.

© Hammer Projects: Chiharu Shiota, Installation view, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, March 26, 2023 – August 27, 2023. Photos: Jeff Mclane



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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