Lyon, 10 May 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota is occupying the second level of the Sucrière in Lyon with Labyrinth Memory, an an installation of impressive dimensions until 31 July 2012. 1,700 square meters of used space, 1,000 meters of satin cotton and 600 kilometres of wool were used for this work.
As for numerous works, Labyrinth Memory is composed of daily objects, here dresses of white satin displayed in the middle of a network of tangled thin black cords. In an interview published on the Journal des Arts website on 10 May 2012, she stated that these cords represent the synaptic connections in the brain. She also explained that they can allude to the links between individuals. The dresses themselves come from Mongi Guibane’s workshops. Born in Sousse in Tunisia, Guibane is a figure of Lyon’s artistic and intellectual life. After working as a sociology researcher with Pierre Bourdieu, he ran a fashionable bar in Lyon before turning to fabric and to silk in particular.
Rejecting all forms of strictly female or feminist interpretation, Shiota explained that these dresses symbolise the human form as a whole. In the Sucrière’s press release, she emphasises the notion of dresses as a “second skin”. According to her words, the clothes we wear tell more about us than our skin. In this labyrinth of threads hindering a clear vision of these dresses, the visitor gets lost and can realise the “difficulty of being”.
Born in Osaka in 1972 and living in Berlin since 1996, Chiharu Shiota studied art at the Seika University of Kyoto, then at the Canberra School of Art, at Brunswick in Germany and finally at the University of Arts in Berlin. Her works have appeared in numerous exhibitions in Europe, Japan and Australia. Memory, absence and relationships feature among her favourite themes.
Emblematic location of the Lyon contemporary art biennial since 2003, the Sucrière was recently renovated and opened in February 2012 as a center for art and events. Its second floor is dedicated to large-scaled installations. Its purpose is to introduce the public, particularly students, to contemporary art.