Chiharu Shiota
The Soul Trembles

18 Jun 2022 – 3 Oct 2022
GOMA | Gallery 1.1 The Fairfax Gallery, Gallery 1.2, Gallery 1.3 Eric & Marion Taylor Gallery | Ticketed

‘The Soul Trembles’ highlights twenty-five years of Chiharu Shiota’s artistic practice. She’s renowned internationally for her transformative, large-scale installations constructed from millions of fine threads that cluster in space or form complex webs that spill from wall to floor to ceiling. Shiota’s beautiful and disquieting works express the intangible: memories, dreams, anxiety and silence.

Curated by Mami Kataoka, Director of Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, ‘Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles’ is the largest solo exhibition of the artist’s work to date and centres on these seductive constructions, contextualising them with works on paper, sculpture and documentation of the artist’s performance and theatre practice.


Experience Chiharu Shiota Up Late on Fri 26 and Sat 27 August featuring live music, DJs, bars, dining and more.

Chiharu Shiota

Since the 1990s, Chiharu Shiota has developed an extensive performance and installation practice. Best known for her expansive, encompassing, room-scale installations of black, white or red threads, she attracted widespread public attention with her work from the Japanese pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale.

Born in Osaka in 1972, Shiota enrolled at Kyoto Seika University to study painting in 1992, but soon abandoned the medium in favour of performance. From 1993 to ’94 she undertook an exchange program at Canberra School of Art, just as installation art was finding its way into Australian museums and galleries, before relocating to Germany in 1996 to pursue further study. She has been based in Berlin since 1999.

Exhibition organised by the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.
Homepage video footage courtesy Taipei Fine Arts Museum © 2021

Chiharu Shiota, Japan b.1972 / In Silence 2002/2019

Chiharu Shiota, Japan b.1972 / In Silence 2002/2019 / Installation view: 'Shiota Chiharu: The Soul Trembles', Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2019 / Burnt piano, burnt chair, Alcantara black thread / © Chiharu Shiota / Production support: Alcantara S.p.A. / Courtesy: Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya/Tokyo / Photo: Sunhi Mang / Photo courtesy: Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.

Chiharu Shiota Accumulation - Searching for the Destination 2014/2019

Chiharu Shiota, Japan b.1972 / Accumulation - Searching for the Destination 2014/2019 / Installation view: Shiota Chiharu: The Soul Trembles, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2019 / Suitcase, motor and red rope / © Chiharu Shiota / Courtesy: Galerie Templon, Paris/Brussels / Photograph: Kioku Keizo / Photograph courtesy: Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.

Chiharu Shiota, Japan b.1972 / Reflection of Space and Time 2018

Chiharu Shiota, Japan b.1972 / Reflection of Space and Time 2018 / White dress, mirror, metal frame / Collection: Alcantara S.p.A / Installation view: Nine Journeys through Time, Palazzo Reale Milano, 2018 / Photograph: Sunhi Mang / Courtesy and © the artist .

Shiota Chiharu 2020

Shiota Chiharu 2020 / Photograph: Sunhi Mang.


Works in this exhibition are protected under the Australian Government’s Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Act 2013. Find out more