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Chiharu Shiota

The Primacy of Matter

BY SUSAN ACRET

Portrait of Chiharu Shiota. Courtesy the artist.

I meet Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, a short ferry ride from Cockatoo Island where her installation Conscious Sleep (2016) was on show as part of the 20th Biennale of Sydney (3/18-6/5). Cockatoo Island’s past is a checkered one, its incarnations including convict settlement, shipyard and, more recently, film set. In its latest role, as Biennale artistic director Stephanie Rosenthal’s “Embassy of the Real,” the island offered a stage to explore definitions of reality…

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