Q&A with Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota

Shiota’s installation at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is an intricate network of black thread, precisely constructed to form a tunnel-like path for visitors to traverse.

April 27, 2017 19:14
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Chiharu Shiota

Chiharu Shiota. (photo credit: SUNHI MANG)

Chiharu Shiota (b. 1972) is a rising star in the contemporary art world, and her installation Stairway, 2012/2016 in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s current exhibition “Piranesi/Shiota: Prisons of the Imagination” is a monumental achievement, according to art critics and museum goers.

Born in Osaka, Japan, Shiota has been living and working in Berlin since 1996. She began her artistic studies at Seika University in Kyoto and later moved to Germany to continue her studies. There, she studied under the renowned performance artist Marina Abramovic and has embraced various aspects of performance, sometimes literal and other times symbolic, into her work.


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