Artist Chiharu Shiota in Conversation with Jill Bennett

Posted on 13 August 2015 in News
Chiharu Shiota, The Key in the Hand, 2015, Japan Pavilion at the 56th In...

Thursday 27 August 2015, 6-7.30pm

UNSW Art & Design, EG02 Lecture Theatre

Cnr of Greens Road and Oxford Street, Paddington NSW 2021

Free Entry, RSVP: Eventbrite

In Sydney as a guest of the 20th Biennale of Sydney, artist Chiharu Shiota will discuss her work in conversation with Professor Jill Bennett, Associate Dean (Research) and Founding Director of NIEA at UNSW Art & Design. Chiharu Shiota is known for intricate, large-scale, dense installations that she likens to drawing in air. Interested in the complexities of our emotional and physical lives, memory recurs as a consistent theme in the artist’s work, as in her work for the Japanese Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale, The Key in the Hand (2015). In this work, keys tied to thousands of red strings become holders of memory, impressed into them by countless contact with hands, while bearing the responsibility of protecting the things and people we hold dear. For Shiota, the key is also an invitation to ‘open the door to unknown worlds.’ Shiota’s work is concerned with the physicality of the human body, and a provides pause to consider how we perceive reality and existence in increasingly digitised times.

Presented by the Biennale of Sydney in partnership with UNSW Art & Design and NIEA.

The 20th Biennale of Sydney opens on Friday, 18 March 2016.

Image: Chiharu Shiota, The Key in the Hand, 2015, old keys, old wooden boats, red wool. Installation view at Japan Pavilion, 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. Photograph: Sunhi Mang