Chiharu Shiota’s ethereal and enveloping creations give shape to intangible concepts such as memory, dreams, anxiety and silence. ‘The Soul Trembles’ at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) until October 3, 2022, is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of the Japanese-born, Berlin-based artist to date.
The title of the exhibition ‘The soul trembles’ refers to the inexpressible emotions of the heart, while the innumerable threads of Shiota’s impressive installations that fill rooms allude to the complex connections that reach the depths of our being, touching the what it is to be human.
The exhibition includes this new commission for QAGOMA. the great facility A matter of perspective 2022 is based on the artist’s memories of Uluru, experienced on her first visit to Australia.
chiharu shiota ‘A matter of perspective’
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A matter of perspective — a dense arrangement of thick black polypropylene ropes and sheets of paper, suspended above an empty table and chair — touches on themes of absence and vulnerability within Shiota’s practice, and confrontation with the vast and complex existence.
The work dates back to the year he spent as an art student in Australia in the 1990s, when he took the opportunity to travel around the country. Shiota remembers visiting Uluru in central Australia and looking at the vast desert plains that surround it, which reminded him of the circumference of the planet, the movement of the stars, and the scientific questions that once “deprived Galileo of his sleep.” .
In A matter of perspectivewhat she describes as a ‘black universe of strings’ is intended to evoke a similar sense of mystery and wonder, while the chair in the center implies absence and emptiness.
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GOMA is the exclusive Australian venue for ‘Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles’ at The Fairfax Gallery (1.1), Gallery 1.2 and Eric & Marion Taylor Gallery (1.3), Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Brisbane June 18-3 October 2022.
Organized by the Art Gallery of Queensland | Modern Art Gallery and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, and curated by Mami Kataoka, Director, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.