Chiharu Shiota: In search of a destination


Chiharu Shiota’s installation Accumulation: Hunting for the Place is created from approx. 430 oscillating suitcases, the work influenced by the discovery of outdated newspapers in a suitcase she observed in Berlin. All matters have their possess, innate memories, and in this case, the suitcases recommend the recollections, motion and migration of strangers the quite journeys of people’s life. View the work in ‘Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles’ at the Gallery of Modern-day Art (GOMA), Brisbane till 3 Oct 2022.

Linked: The Soul Trembles in Brisbane

Chiharu Shiota, Japan/Germany b.1972 / Set up watch of The place to Go, What to Exist – Photos 2010 in ‘Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles’, Gallery of Contemporary Artwork, Brisbane / Suitcase, photograph, thread, and so on. / 40 x 50 x 43cm 14 x 50 x 35cm (shut suitcase) / © Chiharu Shiota / Courtesy: Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya/Tokyo / Photograph: M Campbell © QAGOMA

Shiota recollects… I started out gathering suitcases. I employed to pay a visit to flea marketplaces in Berlin and I came across an previous suitcase with a pretty outdated newspaper from 1947 inside. I was fascinated by it and started collecting additional. It is an inspiration of each day movement and therefore unique everyday living and ideas. What is existence, what does it imply to be alive, what are our expectations or where by are we making an attempt to go? Each individual person human being carries only the essential matters when traveling…

Individuals go away their hometowns with a spot in thoughts.

Living amid individuals of unique nationalities,

I quickly fail to remember that I am Japanese.

On the lookout at on your own reflected in a mirror,

you understand for the very first time that you have black hair and black eyes.

The even more you drift and the additional you blend,

the more you arrive at a put that makes it possible for you to stare difficult at by yourself, anew.

When I glance at a heaping pile of suitcases,

all I see is a corresponding quantity of human lives.

Why did these individuals depart the place they were born,

in research of some destination?

Why did they go on this voyage?

I think again on the inner thoughts of these people

on the morning of their departure.

Chiharu Shiota


Chiharu Shiota, Japan/Germany b.1972 / Installation look at of Accumulation: Exploring for the Desired destination 2014/2022 in ‘Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles’, Gallery of Present day Artwork, Brisbane / Suitcase, motor and purple rope / © Chiharu Shiota / Courtesy: Galerie Templon, Paris/Brussels / Photograph: M Campbell, N Harth © QAGOMA
Chiharu Shiota with Accumulation: Browsing for the Location 2014/2022 at the opening of ‘Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles’, Gallery of Present day Art, Brisbane / Photograph: J Ruckli © QAGOMA

The Gallery of Present day Artwork (GOMA) is the distinctive Australian location for ‘Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles’ in The Fairfax Gallery (1.1), Gallery 1.2 and the Eric & Marion Taylor Gallery (1.3), GOMA, Brisbane from 18 June – 3 Oct 2022.

Organised by the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern day Artwork (QAGOMA) and Mori Artwork Museum, Tokyo, and curated by Mami Kataoka, Director, Mori Artwork Museum, Tokyo.

Featured picture: Chiharu Shiota / Installation view of Accumulation: Hunting for the Location 2014/2022 in ‘The Soul Trembles’, GOMA, Brisbane / Photograph: C Callistermon © QAGOMA



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