Opening: Where are we now?

Chiahru Shiota

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In her installations, Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota deals with themes and contexts of human existence. In the tunnels of the former concentration camp, the artist has created an installation consisting of red ropes and 25 larger-than-life clothes.

In her work, Chiharu Shiota explores how everyday objects can be used to express the memory of their owners’ existence. Shiota tries to grasp these memories by collecting ordinary objects such as shoes, keys, beds, chairs and clothes and weaving them into thread structures. For her, clothing is a second skin that offers us protection, but also allows us to conform to norms. Our inner self contains characteristics that we have not chosen. Family, religion, culture, all these are the boundaries within which we move or decide to break through. In the installation, the clothes are caught between red ropes that veil the figures like a mist. A way of recognising and feeling that leaves visitors room for their own interpretation. The installations create a feeling of “presence in absence”.

A project of the European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl Salzkammergut 2024 in cooperation with the Zeitgeschichte Museum and the Ebensee Concentration Camp Memorial with the kind support of the EU-Japan Fest Japan Committee.


Chiharu Shiota (Artist)
Atelier Chiharu Shiota
Marian Holzmüller (Production)
Roman Widmann (Technical Director)
Simone Barlian (Head of Visual Arts)
Teresa Kranawetter (Assistance Visual Arts)
Contemporary History Museum & Ebensee Concentration Camp Memorial (Co-operation partner)

Visitor information

The temperature in the underground tunnel is approx. 8°C all year round. If visiting in summer, it is advisable to bring warm clothing.

Opening hours

Please note the different opening hours of the tunnel.

How to get there

…by train:

For the opening of the exhibition, there will be a free shuttle service from/to Landungsplatz Ebensee station from/to Finkerleitenstraße (approx. 300 meters before the tunnel entrance) on April 26, 2024 from 1:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (last trip from Finkerleitenstrasse). ) take place ) organized.

The concentration camp memorial can also be reached on foot (approx. 40 minutes) from Landungsplatz Ebensee train station.

…by car:

Due to the limited parking options at the concentration camp memorial tunnel, we have asked drivers to use the free shuttle from Landungsplatz Ebensee train station to Finkerleitenstrasse.

Parking is available directly at Landungsplatz Ebensee train station (Park & Ride). If there is a short wait until the next shuttle departs, we recommend taking a look at the exhibition Solastalgia by Grace Ellen Barkey.

Event info

KZ-Gedenkstollen Ebensee