Chiharu Shiota’ Tracing Boundaries invites visitors on a journey into personal memories and hidden depths. The world-
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Exhibition 27 October 2021 -
Tracing Boundaries by Chiharu Shiota (b. 1972) transforms EMMA's open concrete gallery space into an immersive labyrinth of red yarn. Commissioned by the Saastamoinen Foundation, the piece is being featured in a special series of exhibitions hosted in collaboration with EMMA. After the exhibition, the installation will become a permanent addition to the foundation’ art collection. The tangled red yarn generates “paces within space” a signature hallmark of Shiota’ art, inviting visitors on a journey into inner worlds and personal memories. Tracing Boundaries will be on display at EMMA from October 27, 2021 to November 27, 2022.
Chiharu Shiota is a Berlin-
“Shiota’ yarn installations are often based on the artist’ personal experiences and memories, but every visitor’ interpretations and experiences are an inseparable part of the work. Shiota describes the tautly stretched, knotted, tangled, and entwined threads as symbolizing the connections between people and the complexity of human relationships,”states the exhibition’ curator Arja Miller. “hiota’ captivating art offers a vehicle for processing feelings and memories that might not otherwise be accessible on a conscious level.”
“Chiharu Shiota carries on the legacy of performance artists. I would go so far to as to say that her installation transforms each visitor’ experience into a unique performance that no outsider can see or judge. Not only are we free to choose our own route through Shiota’ art, but we are also free to travel within ourselves,”describes Pävi Karttunen, Chair of the Saastamoinen Foundation Arts Committee.
Using an intricate, self-
Tracing Boundaries forms part of an annual collaboration between EMMA and the Saastamoinen Foundation through which a new work is commissioned from a topically relevant contemporary artist. Shiota’ installation is so vast in scale that it will be displayed as a one-
Chiharu Shiota, Tracing Boundaries, 2021. © Paula Virta / EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art.
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