Venice - National Participation

Japan

Giardini

09 May 201522 Nov 2015

This year Japan Pavilion’s exhibition at the 56th Venice BiennaleThe Key in the Hand, rotates around an installation of a large number of keys. The keys used for this project have been especially posted to the artist by a number of people.

Says the artist Chiharu Shiota:

I have been selected to show my work in the Japan Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in Italy in 2015. It is a great honor for me to be given the opportunity to participate in the world’s oldest exhibition along with the curator Hitoshi Nakano, who organized a solo exhibition of my work in Kanagawa in 2007. Using the second-floor gallery and the pilotis on the first floor of the pavilion, I will present a new installation titled “The Key in the Hand,” consisting of two boats, red yarn, and a huge number of keys.
Keys are familiar and very valuable things that protect important people and spaces in our lives. They also inspire us to open the door to unknown worlds. With these thoughts in mind, in this new installation I would like to use keys provided by the general public that are imbued with various recollections and memories that have accumulated over a long period of daily use. As I create the work in the space, the memories of everyone who provides me with their keys will overlap with my own memories for the first time. These overlapping memories will in turn combine with those of the people from all over the world who come to see the biennale, giving them a chance to communicate in a new way and better understand each other’s feelings.
I would be extremely grateful if you would consider giving me a key that you no longer need so that I can use it as part of this work. Then I hope that everyone will be inspired by the work, containing an accumulation of memories from all over the world, to reconsider what it means to be alive.

  • Japan Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2015, installation detail. Photo: Sunhi Man Japan Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2015, installation detail. Photo: Sunhi Man
  • Installation view courtesy of Elena Scarpa Installation view courtesy of Elena Scarpa
  • Installation view courtesy of Elena Scarpa Installation view courtesy of Elena Scarpa

Curators

Hitoshi Nakano

Contacts & Details

COMMISSIONER:
The Japan Foundation

OPENING:
tue, wed, thu, fri, sat, sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

CLOSING DAYS:
mon

ADMISSION:
Biennale TIcket

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ADDRESS:
Giardini della Biennale, Castello Venice, 30122 Italy