The artist combines performance, body art and installation in a process that places the body at its center. Her protean artistic practice explores the notions of temporality, movement, memory and dream; and requires both the mental and physical involvement of the spectator. Chiharu Shiota's highly acclaimed participation in the Venice Biennale, where she represented Japan in 2015, confirmed the international scope of her work.
Presented in the Bernheim room, Me Somewhere Else (2018), a work of great visual strength, occupies a very special place in the artist's production. Shiota talks about her fight against her illness, and the certainty that her mind will survive her body. "Before I was diagnosed with cancer I thought that if I die, everything about me is going to die; I am going to die, but now I know only my body dies - not my mind. My mind remains somewhere else."
Born in Osaka, Japan in 1972, Chiharu Shiota has lived and worked in Berlin since 1997. In recent years, the artist has been exhibited worldwide, including at the New Museum of Jakarta, Indonesia, the SCAD Museum of Art, United States, the K21 Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf, and the Smithsonian, Washington DC. In 2018, she exhibited at the Kyoto Museum and, in 2019, at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo.
With the support of Black Flag
Chiharu Shiota - "Me Somewhere Else" (2018, installation view) | © Courtesy the artist and Blain|Southern; Photo: Peter Mallet