Internationally acclaimed artist Shiota Chiharu has long been based in Berlin. Starting in 2000, she created two series of works garnering widespread attention: During Sleep, which combined performance with hospital beds surrounded by a network of black threads; and Memory of Skin, an installation composed of thirteen-meter-long, mud stained dresses. In 2015, Shiota was selected to represent Japan at the 56th Venice Biennale, where she exhibited The Key in the Hand, which without a doubt is considered one of her most influential works.
This year (2021), in collaboration with Japan’s Mori Art Museum, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum has had the distinct honor of presenting Shiota Chiharu: The Soul Trembles, thus affording local audiences the opportunity to experience the artist’s immersive installations firsthand. Curated by Mori Art Museum Director, Kataoka Mami, the exhibition examines and highlights important turning points in the artist's career by presenting sculpture, video and photo documentation of performance artworks, drawings, stage design, and related drawings and documents. A number of powerful, large-scale installations anchor the exhibition of more than one hundred works, enabling audiences to fully appreciate the artist's twenty-five-year creative journey.