°1977, London (UK) – lives and works in London (UK)
The physical and emotive qualities of sound forms the locus of much of Haroon Mirza’s work. His compositional practice involves manipulating found objects and audio visual equipment to harness the electro-acoustic interference produced by the items. In his work nothing is hidden but instead the inherent sounds within electronics are amplified and noise is embodied by its connections withinkinetic sculptural works. Mirza pulls these numerous components together in installations and performances where the individual elements are placed in conversation with one another. His sparse compositions force us to consider the categorization of noise and music and what we perceive to be the characteristic properties of these.
By combining things found on the street or in the studio and relating them to specific narratives, Mirza explores ‘the socio-cultural history of objects and the contexts in which they originally emerged/developed.’ The items that make up his installations are often readymades in the form of furniture, gallery fixtures or artworks by another artist. These works are physical and sonic compositions, aligning — or even ‘beatmixing’ — references from artistic, scientific and cultural systems.
(courtesy of Zabludowicz Collection)
Haroon Mirza’s solo exhibitions include Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen; Zabludowicz Collection, London; Pivô, São Paulo; Museum Tinguely, Basel; IMMA, Dublin; The Hepworth, Wakefield; and New Museum, New York. His work was included in the 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale and the 54th Venice Biennale – where he was awarded the Silver Lion.
Haroon Mirza is represented by the following gallery;
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Lisson Gallery, London / New York
You can also discover plenty about Haroon Mirza and his work on his own website.