Chiharu Shiota - Lifelines

Discover the exhibition by the Japanese artist where she looks at connections, memories, and reflections on life.

Beyond Memory instalation details (2020) by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

Beyond Memory (Além da Memória) is a spatial, ephemeral creation, where Chiharu Shiota's woven threads explore the dialog between the structure and the architectural space around it.

Beyond Memory instalation details (2020) by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

The lines—a recurring feature in her work—hint at our journeys, our stories, at what guides and connects us. They deal with how memories exist, how they are swapped and stored, in our transitory experience.

Beyond Memory instalation details (2020) by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

The artist chose the color white for this work because it symbolizes purity, a beginning, a starting point. White sheets of paper have been inserted into the installation to allow scope for the visitors' own individual narratives.

Beyond Memory instalation details (2020) by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

The spectators are invited to explore the narrative potential of a work that was built as an open, seductive web where new ties are encouraged.

State of being, Skin and Becoming painting (2019) by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

Essentially autobiographical, many of her works and installations are ephemeral, reflecting the transitory nature of our own life cycles.

Skin, 2018/ State of being (Dress), 2019 by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

Our personal stories are steeped in memories, just like our articles of clothing, which, from Shiota's perspective, are like a second skin, bearing the traces and remnants of the human experience.

State of being (DressI) (2018) by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

In her work State of Being (Dress), clothing is part of the monumental sculpture that is enveloped in a thick woolen mesh, like the maze of human existence or a tangled mass around a being that does not exist.

Red Lines, 2018/ Cell, 2019/ In the bathroom, 2020/ and Ground and blood, 2013 by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

The room contains a collection of pieces that enable visitors to explore the idea of identity, memory, body, fragility, and illness, all of which are interlinked as if in the artist's own life story.

Becoming painting (1994) by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

While still a student, Chiharu Shiota had an identity crisis. She felt as if her life and work were not connected in the way she wanted them to be and so she gave up painting.

Red lines (2018) by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

The work Red Line (Linha Vermelha) is a painting in red, where the emphasis is on the artist's hands and their movement. In revealing her subjective gestures in a pictorial form, Chiharu offers a reflection on the act of manual creation.

Skin (2018) by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

Having given up painting for 20 years, the artist went back to using canvas, albeit not in the conventional way. She weaves her work onto the canvas, as if a dense web of impregnated threads were appearing on its surface.

In the bathroom, Earth and blood, Try to go home (2020) by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

Chiharu invites visitors to explore the idea of identity, memory, and fragility. All these themes are expressed through the artist's own body in an autobiographical tale.

In the bathroom, Earth and blood, Try to go home (2020) by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

In the video Earth and Blood (Terra e Sangue), Chiharu is the leading actor in an ad-lib piece where, in an intimate setting with no audience participation, she interacts with metaphorical themes of life and death.

Cell series (2019) by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

This series replicates body organs made of glass. In her choice of material, she points to the fragility of the human body and its predisposition to illness, those infections which, while not always visible, influence human existence.

Cell (2019) by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

Cell (2019) by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

Internal Line (2020) by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

Primarily, Chiharu makes use of everyday materials and activities—such as lines and weaving, which are often assigned to the female domain—but she uses them in a monumental and visceral way.

Internal Line (2020) by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

According to a Japanese myth, a thread is tied to a child's finger when they are born. As the child goes through life interacting with other people, this thread will become entwined with others, creating an invisible mesh of relationships.

General view (2020) by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

Chiharu's works deal with the idea of a universal connection between all beings in a more abstract way. She has the gift of being able to convert her own experience into a sublime artistic form.

Key in the hand (2015) by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

The installation The Key in the Hand (A Chave na Mão) was designed for the Venice Biennale in 2015 when Chiharu represented her country in the Japanese Pavilion. The installation consists of two boats resembling two receptive hands.

Key in the hand (2015) by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

An international campaign for the installation led to 180,000 keys being collected. For Shiota, keys are associated with those personal memories that live with us in our daily lives.

In the hand (2018) by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

In the hand (2018) by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

In the hand (2019) by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

General view (2019) by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

The abstract geometry in the State of Being sculptures allude to a simplification of form, without it being confined to a predefined narrative. The shapes hint at a strangely honed stone.

Conected with the Universe, 2016 (2016) by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

On display here is a group of works dealing with the idea of a universal connection between all beings. When dealing with themes such as death, she expresses reality through a more accessible poetic language.

Untitled Engravings (2016) by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

This series of engravings shows a being connected to the universe by a thread, which may symbolize an umbilical cord. Our connection to the outside world takes place through imaginary and spiritual channels.

Two boats, one direction (2020) by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

Our human condition forces us to seek a destiny. The boats may be seen here as carrying our hopes and dreams as they take us on a journey that is full of uncertainty and wonder.

Two boats, one direction (2020) by Chiharu ShiotaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Brasília

According to Chiharu: "People believe that death is our final destiny, but there is no end. Time is a circular construct and, when we die, our consciousness transcends into another dimension."

Credits: Story

CHIHARU SHIOTA – LINHAS DA VIDAPatrocínio | Sponsorship
Banco do BrasilRealização | Realization
Secretaria Especial da Cultura
Ministério da Cidadania
Centro Cultural Banco do BrasilApoio Institucional | Institucional Support
Japan House São PauloApoio | Support
Pingouin Fios
LiveloORGANIZAÇÃO E PRODUÇÃO | ORGANIZATION AND PRODUCTION
Companhia das Licenças Licenciamentos ltda.Coordenação geral | General coordination
Base7 Projetos Culturais
Arnaldo Spindel
Ricardo RibenboimDiretoria-adjunta | Deputy Directors
Planejamento e projetos | Planning and projects
Renata Viellas Rödel
Produção | Production
Daniela Vicedomini Coelho
Administrativo e financeiro | Financial and administrative
Carmen Maria de SousaEXPOSIÇÃO | EXHIBITIONCuradora | Curator
Tereza de ArrudaCoordenação geral | General coordination
Base7 Projetos Culturais
Arnaldo Spindel
Ricardo RibenboimDiretoria-adjunta | Deputy Directors
Planejamento e projetos | Planning and projects
Renata Viellas Rödel
Produção | Production
Daniela Vicedomini Coelho
Administrativo e financeiro | Financial and administrative
Carmen Maria de Sousa
Coordenação museológica | Museological coordination
Daniela Vicedomini CoelhoCoordenação de conteúdo | Content coordination
Rachel Vallego
Yuri Fomin QuevedoProdução executiva | Executive production
Marta Masiero
Daiana Castilho (Brasília)Assistentes | Assistants
Fabíola Antonio
Pedro Ermel
Shirlene LourençoProjeto expográfico | Expography design
Alvaro Razuk
Assistentes | Assistants
Daniel Winnik
Ligia Zilbersztejn
Tábata SungProjeto de Iluminação | Lighting design
Samuel BettsIdentidade visual | Visual identity
Via Impressa Design Gráfico
Carlos Magno Bomfim
Direção de arte
Paulo OtávioPreparação do espaço | Space assembling
Marcenaria Polovina's
LM PinturaProjeto educativo | Educational project
JA.CA – Centro de Arte e TecnologiaAmpliações fotográficas | Photo prints
Estúdio Marcos RibeiroMolduras
Capricho MoldurasRegistros audiovisual | Audiovisual records
Bem Curtinho Filmes
Cauê Ito
Ding Musa e equipeAPP e Áudio guia | App and Audio guide
20DashVideo animações em libras | Animated videos in libra sign language
Iguale Comunicação de AcessibilidadeInstalações audiovisuais | Audiovisual equipament
MMV Montagem audiovisuaisRevisão | Revision
Lia Ana TrzmielinaTradução | Translation
Denise Bottmann
John NormanProjeto estruturas metálicas instalação site specific
Paulo MassonLaudos técnicos | Condition reports
Ana Maria Duarte FradeMontagem fina | Exhibition setting
D´Arte Montagens
Marcio Rene Produção e MontagemMontagem Instalação Site Specific | Site specific assembling
Athina Tsantekidou / Atelier Chiharu Shiota
Christina Tsantekidou / Atelier Chiharu Shiota
Gala Art Installation
D´Arte MontagensAssessoria de imprensa | Press office
A4&Holofote Comunicação
Neila Carvalho
Mai Carvalho
Katia Turra (Brasília)Seguro | Insurance
Dominici Corretora de SegurosTransporte | Transportation
Millenium Transportes (Brasil)
Schenker (Alemanha)Plotters
WL Serviços Comunicação VisualAGRADECIMENTOS | ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Beatriz Yunes Guarita; Coleção Ivani e Jorge Yunes
Atelier Chiharu Shiota: Julia Strebelow, Rosalie Pfleger, Euan Williams, Nathan
Saludez, Tomoko Fujimura.

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