Chiharu Shiota – Venice Biennale

The Key in The Hand in an elaborate entanglement of red wool and keys that dangle above two ancient looking boats. Living within the biennale’s Japan pavilion, the installation nearly blocks out the ceiling with its mass of crossing strings, and includes a collection of more than 50,000 keys. It looks at memories in terms of the keys which where collected from different people but it also looks like connections in a brain that you are walking through.



“In her best-known installations she weaves black yarn into hectic webs that take over entire galleries and in which personal objects are found cocooned”


Seeing here work in venice was a lot different then seeing it in pictures. I don’t know if thats because I was able to get into different ares that some others couldn’t or if its because of the feeling the work gives you when its sharing the same space as you.


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