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