SHIOTA Chiharu

[1972 - ]

Dialogue with Absence [2009]

  • dress, string dimensions variable

This striking work features a white dress with vivid red thread woven into it. Floating in the center of a wall, the white dress trails innumerable thick red threads, which radiate around the dress and spread across the floor of the exhibition space.           Chiharu Shiota was embroiled in the difficulties and anxieties surrounding immigrants in Berlin, and in the late 1990s she used her own possessions and those of others to create textile works in order to affirm her own territory. After this, she developed works that used black and red threads extending into space. Her works contain the memories of people and places, but as the owners are absent, they have a strange existence, and shine a light on the worries and fears that emerge from daily life.


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