‘Chiharu Shiota: the Soul Trembles’ Opens at GOMA Tomorrow
The largest and most comprehensive exhibition to date of work by renowned Japanese-born, Berlin-based artist Chiharu Shiota opens at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) from tomorrow.
GOMA is the exclusive Australian venue for ‘The Soul Trembles’, a survey of more than a hundred works from almost thirty years of Shiota’s practice since the 1990s, incorporating large-scale installations, sculpture, video performance, photography, drawing and set design.
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Director Chris Saines CNZM said Chiharu Shiota’s compelling immersive artworks drew on deeply personal emotions and experiences to give visual form to intangible concepts such as memories, anxiety, dreams and silence.
‘Organised and toured by Japan’s Mori Art Museum ‘The Soul Trembles’ encompasses the entire ground floor of GOMA and is accompanied by a free, specially commissioned project in the Children’s Art Centre,’ Mr Saines said.
‘The exhibition features seven of the artist’s intricately woven red and black thread installations including A question of perspective 2022, a major new commission supported by Tim Fairfax AC, drawing on Shiota’s memories of Uluru, experienced on her first visit to Australia.’
Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch encouraged audiences to experience the scale and diversity of the works incorporated in ‘Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles’.
‘GOMA will be truly transformed with this exclusive and immersive exhibition which showcases the work of a unique artist,’ Minister Enoch said.
‘The Queensland Government supports QAGOMA to present major work on an international scale to engage visitors and boost our cultural tourism profile.
‘This is especially important in the lead up to the Brisbane 2032 Olympics and Paralympics, when our arts and cultural organisations will be showcased and celebrated on a global stage,’ Minister Enoch said.
Reuben Keehan, Curator of Contemporary Asian Art, QAGOMA said Shiota’s work would spark the imaginations of visitors across generations and cultural backgrounds.
‘Shiota’s artistic practice is deeply personal, expressed through works with universal themes and ambitions. The exhibition title refers to the inexpressible stirrings of the heart, while the countless threads of the artist’s striking, room-filling installations allude to the complex connections that reach deep into our being,’ Mr Keehan said.
‘Highlights of the exhibition include Uncertain Journey 2016/2019, a series of boat forms interconnected by a vast membrane of red thread and In Silence 2002/2019, an installation featuring a burnt baby grand piano connected to rows of singed empty wooden seats by a complex environment of black thread.
‘Moving her hands to create a three-dimensional drawing, Shiota gradually forms a surface from the lines of thread until they completely fill the space. Like prey caught in a spider’s web, we are instantaneously fascinated and bewitched by the extraordinary worlds created,’ Mr Keehan said.
The accompanying Children’s Art Centre exhibition ‘Chiharu Shiota: A Feeling’ explores themes of inner life, including the soul, emotions, and how to express big ideas. The project includes a video in which children share their thoughts about the soul and encourages young visitors to make a drawing of how they feel and add it to a cumulative display.
‘The Soul Trembles’ is accompanied by public programs, including Up Late music events on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 August.
Born in Osaka in 1972, Shiota enrolled at Kyoto Seika University to study painting in 1992. After a formative year at Canberra School of Art from 1993-94 where she abandoned painting in favour of the expressive immediacy of performance and installation, Shiota then based her practice in Berlin from 1999 developing a practice of truly international reach.
‘Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles’ is organised by the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, and curated by Mami Kataoka, Director, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.
‘Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles’ is made possible through the support of Major Partners Shayher Group and Urban Art Projects. A full list of supporters is available online.
Tickets can be purchased at www.qagoma.qld.gov.au with a newly introduced youth ticket price for visitors aged 13 to 17.
The exhibition continues at GOMA until 3 October 2022.