Where are we now?

Chiharu Shiota

27/04/24Saturday, 10:00Duration 7hKZ-Gedenkstollen EbenseeFinkerleitenstraße 40, 4802 Ebensee
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Shiota_2019_Internal Line_Japan House_SP_photo Thiago Minoru_5
© Chiharu Shiota, Internal Line, 2019 © Bildrecht, Wien, 2023


Presence in absence: In her installations, Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota deals with themes and contexts of human existence. In the tunnels of the former Ebensee concentration camp, references are made to the inconceivable crimes of National Socialism.

Chiharu Shiota’s work explores how everyday objects can be used to express the memory of their owners’ existence. She creates a work of art in the dreary environment of the Ebensee gallery using red ropes and 25 larger-than-life clothes that allow us to sense the presence of the victims. For her, clothing is a second skin that offers us protection, but also allows us to conform to norms. Our interior contains characteristics that we did not choose. Family, religion, culture, all these are the boundaries within which we move or decide to break them. In the installation, the clothes are caught between red ropes that veil the figures like a fog. A recognition and sensing that leaves room for visitors’ own interpretation of the drama.

Chiharu Shiota (artist)
Atelier Chiharu Shiota
Rosalie Pfleger (Atelier Chiharu Shiota)
Simone Barlian (Head of Visual Arts Program)
Teresa Kranawetter (Visual arts assistant)
Marian Holzmüller (Production)

With the kind support of EU-Japan Fest Japan Committee

Kultur im Fluss

Event info

KZ-Gedenkstollen Ebensee
Finkerleitenstraße 40, 4802 Ebensee