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LAST CHANCE Artist’s Rooms: Chiharu Shiota
The Jameel Arts Centre has a number of rooms that it gives over to individual artists for long-term exhibitions. In Gallery 10 is Departure, an immersive installation by Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota that has been specially commissioned for the opening of the Jameel.
The work explores ideas of displacement, time and the entanglements of life. Using large quantities of yarn, Shiota has created web-like structures that take over the whole room; her work often touches on the notion of travel, belonging and the complexity of the human condition, in this case referencing abras and the city’s identity as a meeting point of people, goods and ideas.
Drawn largely from the Art Jameel Collection, Artist’s Rooms offers solo exhibitions to influential, innovative artists, with particular focus on practitioners from the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. These capsule shows are collaborative: curated in dialogue with the artist, with some presentations including new commissions.
Above: Chiharu Shiota, The Key in the Hand, 2015. An installation involving old keys, old wooden boats, and red wool, created for the Japan Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale