CHIHARU SHIOTA: EMBODIED AT AGSA Russell Kelty and Leigh Robb – TAASA Review June 2018


This article was originally found in the June 2018 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 27, Issue 2, Page 22).

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I n August 2018, the Art Gallery of South Australia will present the first major solo survey exhibition in Australia of Chiharu Shiota (b.1972, Osaka).

Its centrepiece will be a major commissioned acquisition for the collection featuring a new iconic thread installation by Shiota, Absence Embodied, a work which contorts space and emotion.

Through significant loans from the artist, public and private institutions in Germany, Japan and Australia, this exhibition explores Shiota’s early performance pieces captured in photographs and moving images as well as highlights the primacy of her drawing practice which is often overlooked by her immersive spatial installations. The exhibition will provide a perspective on the conception behind the artist’s practice which took place during a semester exchange at Canberra School of Art, Australian National University (ANU) from Kyoto Seika University in Japan in 1993-94...