Chiharu Shiota (b. 1972) was educated in Japan and Germany. In Germany, she studied under Marina Abramović and Rebecca Horn, among others. Shiota has lived and worked in Berlin since 1996. She has exhibited in museums around the world, such as MoMA PS1, New York (2003), La Maison Rouge, Paris (2011) and Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, K21, Düsseldorf (2015). In 2015 she represented Japan in the Venice Biennale and gained considerable acclaim for her installation The Key in the Hand.

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