23 OCTOBER 2022 – 8 OCTOBER 2023

Artist Chiharu Shiota has been living in Berlin since the late 1990s. Shiota deals with universal themes such as life and death, homeland and fear in her art.
Especially for the former high-rack warehouse of the SCHAUWERK, she designs one of her fascinating installations made from interwoven textile threads. In this work, the objects are placed at the space’s centre. They include an chair and a desk covered with white letters in different sizes floating on black threads up to the ceiling and seemingly developing a life of their own. The characters expand like a universe of thoughts and emotions that no one can hear: SILENT WORD is the title of the exhibition.
The show is complemented by a work on canvas and several drawings and objects.

© Images Frank Kleinbach



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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