Chiharu Shiota (b.1972, Osaka) is a Japanese performance and installation artist based in Berlin. Confronting fundamental human concerns such as life, death, and relationships, Shiota explores human existence throughout various dimensions by creating an existence in the absence either in her large-scale thread installations that include a variety of common objects and external memorabilia or through her drawings, sculptures, photography and videos.
In 2008, she received the Art Encouragement Prize from the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Her solo exhibitions across the world include Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Gropius Bau, Berlin, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Smithsonian Institution Arthur M.Sackler Gallery, Washington DC, the Museum of Art, Kochi, and the National Museum of Art, Osaka among others. She has also participated in numerous international exhibitions such as Sydney Biennale and Yokohama Triennale. In 2015, Shiota was selected to represent Japan at the 56th Venice Biennale.