Chiaharu Shiota *1972, Osaka, Japan. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany
It is just these strands that bind us closely to one another that form the coherent structure in Chiharu Shiota’s subtle installation. It is dreamy and sometimes nightmarish: it holds together but can also bind within.
In one of the single largest installations at OpenART, along Köpmangatan, she illustrates how we are all on our way through life. Shiota’s recurring symbol – the boat – both carries us and moves us relentlessly forward through space and time. It is so beautiful that it takes our breath away, and so fateful that it brings tears to our eyes.