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Enter the World of Chiharu Shiota

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Widely acclaimed Japanese visual artist Chiharu Shiota
(b. 1972) brings two thought-provoking installations to her mesmerising and immersive exhibition on view at Antoni Tàpies Foundation, which explores themes of death, life
and memory. The show is called Everyone, a Universe.
 
 
 
Red tendrils descend from the roof of the gallery and cling to chairs dotted around the room. However, if we look at this scene from another perspective, we see that disparate pieces of furniture anchor an amorphous red mass collecting above our head. From far away, it’s hard to tell what it’s made from but the scene becomes clearer once our eyes land on the seating arrangement. Entering such a visually busy room draws attention to the emptiness of all 43 seats.
 
 
Shiota includes body parts and intermediary objects – from feet to vacant furniture – in her pieces to suggest presence in absence. Often, when we think of chairs, beds and shoes, we also wonder about the people who filled them. Shiota states: “The objects always represent the existence of an individual. When I look at the chairs, I see people sitting next to each other, but each one is a universe unto themself.” The red threads we see link these separate entities.
 
 
The show’s curator Imma Prieto (b. 1976) writes: “Her intricate webs of thread, stretching across the space like constellations in the night sky, remind us of the complexity of human relationships and the interconnectedness of our individual lives.” Throughout Everyone, a Universe, the artist pays attention to what connects us all. Wrapped by these thousands of threads, we see that these chairs are not abandoned objects but tangible reminders of people no longer here.
 
 
 
 
1. Chiharu Shiota. Everyone, a Universe (Cadascú, un univers / Cada, quien un universo), 2024. Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona. Fotografia: Pep Herrero © VEGAP i l’artista, 2024. 3. Chiharu Shiota. Out of My Body (Fora del meu cos /
Fuera de mi cuerpo), 2024. Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona. Fotografia: Pep Herrero © VEGAP i l’artista, 2024.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Exploring Presence in Absence | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Widely acclaimed Japanese visual artist Chiharu Shiota (b. 1972) brings two thought-provoking installations to her mesmerising and immersive exhibition on view at Antoni Tàpies Foundation, which explores themes of death, life and memory. The show is called Everyone, a Universe. Red tendrils descend from the roof of the gallery and cling to chairs dotted around the room. However, if we look at this scene from another perspective, we see that disparate pieces of furniture anchor an amorphous red mass collecting above our head. From far away, it’s hard to tell what it’s made from but the scene becomes clearer once our eyes land on the seating arrangement. Entering such a visually busy room draws attention to the emptiness of all 43 seats. Shiota includes body parts and intermediary objects – from feet to vacant furniture – in her pieces to suggest presence in absence. Often, when we think of chairs, beds and shoes, we also wonder about the people who filled them. Shiota states: “The objects always represent the existence of an individual. When I look at the chairs, I see people sitting next to each other, but each one is a universe unto themself.” The red threads we see link these separate entities. The show’s curator Imma Prieto (b. 1976) writes: “Her intricate webs of thread, stretching across the space like constellations in the night sky, remind us of the complexity of human relationships and the interconnectedness of our individual lives.” Throughout Everyone, a Universe, the artist pays attention to what connects us all. Wrapped by these thousands of threads, we see that these chairs are not abandoned objects but tangible reminders of people no longer here. Read more » 1. Chiharu Shiota. Everyone, a Universe (Cadascú, un univers / Cada, quien un universo), 2024. Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona. Fotografia: Pep Herrero © VEGAP i l’artista, 2024. 3. Chiharu Shiota. Out of My Body (Fora del meu cos / Fuera de mi cuerpo), 2024. Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona. Fotografia: Pep Herrero © VEGAP i l’artista, 2024. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Change email address / Leave mailing list
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