Chiharu Shiota 塩田 千春 born 1972 in Osaka, Japan,lives and works in Berlin, Germany,is a Japanese performance and installation artist best known for creating room-filling, monumental yet delicate, poetic environments. Central to the artist’s work are the themes of remembrance and oblivion, dreaming and sleeping, traces of the past and childhood, and dealing with anxieties. Shiota finds diverse visual expressions for these subject matters, the most celebrated being impenetrable installations made of black thread which often enclose various household and everyday, personal objects: a burnt-out piano, a wedding dress, a lady’s mackintosh, sometimes even the sleeping artist herself.Chiharu Shiota studied at Kyoto Seike University (Japan), Canberra Shool of Art as well as in Braunschweig and at the UdK in Berlin in Germany with Marina Abramovic and Rebecca Horn.