LOST WORDS - NIKOLAIKIRCHE

ROOM INSTALLATION BY ARTIST CHIHARU SHIOTA
BACKGROUND

The art installation LOST WORDS transformed the interior of the Nikolaikirche in Berlin into a space of association and reflection. It weaves through the central nave of the church, with a threaded mesh in which Bible pages float around the visitors of the space. The Bible pages come from editions in different languages symbolising the global intertwining of the Reformation and the biblical message.

This art installation was commissioned in 2017 for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and is part of the five-year DEKALOG project of the Guardini Foundation and the St Matthew Foundation for the Reformation Jubilee 2017 in cooperation with the Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin.

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPROACH

To capture the unique sensations that I felt visiting this space I decided to position the camera at different heights for each photograph, getting closer or further away from the mesh of black thread. Capturing some closeup shots of the Bible pages was also important and difficult to achieve given the concave form described by the web holding them.

When the visitor walks through the art installation, the space compresses and expands again towards the area or the church where the altar used to be. On this area there is a finer, lighter mesh with no Bible pages and for this show I place the camera precisely under a wing of an angel, inviting the viewer to look up once again and reflect on the exhibition.

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