3 DECEMBER 2022 – 16 APRIL 2023Presenting six major installations INVISIBLE LINE, immerses audiences in Shiota’s thread worlds. The exhibition explores Shiota’s abiding interest in mortality, memory, and the mysterious interconnections of life through the invisible lines that are weaved from experience.“It is an exhibition of intensity, powerfully personal, uncompromising, compelling and encompassing the universal through the particular. Shiota’s works explore the life force which stretches between people, events and experience. There is tension everywhere in her work. As well as calm centre. We are very pleased to be able to present several different aspects of Shota’s oeuvre at ARoS” says Rebecca Matthews, director at ARoS.INVISIBLE LINE brings attention to and discovers the importance of Shiota’s often humble yet always powerful drawing and painting. Recent works dealing with the artist’s contemplations on mortality, body and soul are included. One of Shiota’s most beautiful installations – LAST HOPE (2022) – is created for our wonderment and to lift our spirits. And one of her most direct and honest - LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS (2018) – unflinchingly conveys Shiota’s struggle with the pain, loss and bereavement that is encountered during the trauma of cancer treatment.© Images Anders Sune Berg



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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