Chiharu Shiota (塩 田千春) is a Japanese artist who specializes in art installations. Born in Osaka in 1972, she currently lives in Berlin.
Chiharu Shiota is a graduate of Kyoto Seika University, and later studied at the School for Higher Studies of Visual Arts in Hamburg, Germany. His work consists of several installations and performances in which he uses everyday objects such as beds, windows, dresses, shoes and cabinets. Shiota explores the relationships between the past and the present, the living and the dead, and the memories that people insert into objects. A characteristic of his works are the networks of black or red thread that surround the objects.
One of his best known works is Memory of Skin, consisting of huge stained dresses, constantly watered. The work invites the viewer to reflect on time, just as it is a reminder of the victims who died in the gas chambers in the Nazi death camps.
In addition to engaging in art installations, Shiota has also participated in performances. Many of them are inspired by your personal experience. “DNA Dialogue” was a performance presented in 2004 in Poland and later recreated in Germany and Japan, in which he invited people to donate shoes that had some special memory. Many of these shoes belonged to close people who had passed away. To each shoe he tied a red lace, symbol of the journey through life.
Another performance consisted of an arrangement of hospital stretchers on which women slept. The stretchers were tied with black cord. For more information on Chiharu Shiota, I recommend visiting her Official site.