Chiharu Shiota: In search of a destination

Chiharu Shiota: In search of a destination

Chiharu Shiota’s set up Accumulation: Hunting for the Destination is created from approx. 430 oscillating suitcases, the work inspired by the discovery of old newspapers in a suitcase she found in Berlin. All issues have their possess, innate reminiscences, and in this circumstance, the suitcases suggest the memories, movement and migration of strangers the extremely journeys of people’s life. Watch the work in ‘Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles’ at the Gallery of Fashionable Art (GOMA), Brisbane right up until 3 Oct 2022.

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Chiharu Shiota: In search of a destination
Chiharu Shiota, Japan/Germany b.1972 / Installation perspective of Where by to Go, What to Exist – Photos 2010 in ‘Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles’, Gallery of Modern Artwork, Brisbane / Suitcase, photograph, thread, etcetera. / 40 x 50 x 43cm 14 x 50 x 35cm (shut suitcase) / © Chiharu Shiota / Courtesy: Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya/Tokyo / Photograph: M Campbell © QAGOMA

Shiota recollects… I started accumulating suitcases. I made use of to go to flea marketplaces in Berlin and I came across an aged suitcase with a very outdated newspaper from 1947 within. I was fascinated by it and commenced accumulating a lot more. It is an inspiration of each day movement and thus particular person life and views. What is existence, what does it necessarily mean to be alive, what are our expectations or where by are we hoping to go? Each and every specific particular person carries only the necessary things when traveling…

People today go away their hometowns with a spot in intellect.

Living among the individuals of unique nationalities,

I out of the blue overlook that I am Japanese.

Wanting at yourself mirrored in a mirror,

you realize for the 1st time that you have black hair and black eyes.

The more you drift and the much more you blend,

the far more you get there at a spot that will allow you to stare hard at you, anew.

When I look at a heaping pile of suitcases,

all I see is a corresponding amount of human life.

Why did these people today go away the place they have been born,

in research of some vacation spot?

Why did they go on this voyage?

I think back on the thoughts of these individuals

on the early morning of their departure.

Chiharu Shiota


Chiharu Shiota, Japan/Germany b.1972 / Installation look at of Accumulation: Seeking for the Place 2014/2022 in ‘Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles’, Gallery of Modern Artwork, Brisbane / Suitcase, motor and red rope / © Chiharu Shiota / Courtesy: Galerie Templon, Paris/Brussels / Photograph: M Campbell, N Harth © QAGOMA

The Gallery of Modern Artwork (GOMA) is the special Australian venue for ‘Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles’ in The Fairfax Gallery (1.1), Gallery 1.2 and the Eric & Marion Taylor Gallery (1.3), GOMA, Brisbane from 18 June – 3 Oct 2022.

Organised by the Queensland Artwork Gallery | Gallery of Modern-day Art (QAGOMA) and Mori Artwork Museum, Tokyo, and curated by Mami Kataoka, Director, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.

Showcased graphic: Chiharu Shiota / Installation watch of Accumulation: Browsing for the Location 2014/2022 in ‘The Soul Trembles’, GOMA, Brisbane / Photograph: C Callistermon © QAGOMA