Haroon Mirza

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Haroon Mirza
EducationWinchester School of Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, Goldsmiths, University of London
Spouse(s)Gaia Fugazza
AwardsHonorary Fellow, University of the Arts London, Calder Prize 2015,[1] Nam June Paik Art Centre Award 2014,[2] Zurich Art Prize, 2014,[3]
DAIWA Art Prize 2012,[4]
The Silver Lion for Most Promising Artist, 54th Venice Biennale, Illuminations, 2011,[5]
Northern Art Prize, 2010[6]
Websitewww.clickfolio.com/haroon/ (Clickfolio Profile)

Haroon Mirza (born 1977) is a British artist, best known for sculptural installations that generate audio compositions.[7]

Projects and exhibitions[edit]

Mirza holds an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design, and an MA in Design, Critical Practice from Goldsmiths, University of London.

He has collaborated with actor, musician, writer and curator Richard Strange on two major works: "A Sleek Dry Yell", a sound and performance piece created with texts and performance by Strange, which was subsequently bought by The Contemporary Art Society and toured regional galleries, and "The Last Tape", with unrecorded lyrics by Ian Curtis of Joy Division performed by Strange in the style of Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape. Mirza and Strange presented this work at New Territories, The International Festival of Live Art in Glasgow in 2011 and at Chisenhale Gallery, London and the Vivid Gallery, Birmingham. Mirza and Strange were also part of 'Cabaret Futura' a group exhibition at Cell Project Space, London, in 2008.[8]

Lisson Gallery hosted Mirza's solo show in early 2011.[9] In the same year his work was also displayed at the 54th Venice Biennial,[10] as well as in the British Art Show 7.[11]

In 2011 Mirza was also involved in An Echo Button a project for Performa Biennial with artists Ed Atkins and James Richards in which they temporarily took over the large screens in Times Square.[12][13]

Mirza also had another solo show called I Saw Square Triangle Sine at Camden Arts Centre, London in 2011, which was to tour to Spike Island, Bristol in 2012 and The Hepworth Wakefield in 2013.[14]

In 2012, the University of Michigan Museum of Art held Mirza's first solo museum exhibition in the United States.[15]

Mirza participated in "Roundtable": The 9th Gwangju Biennale, which took place from September to November 2012 in Gwangju, Korea.

Mizra's work was included in Soundings: A Contemporary Score, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City from August to November 2013.[16]

In 2018, the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, UK, opened a Mirza exhibition called 'Reality is somehow what we expect it to be'.[17][18]


Notable awards include the Northern Art Prize in 2010.[19] He received the Silver Lion for Most Promising artist in 2011 at the 54th Venice Biennale Illuminations.[20] He received the DAIWA Art Prize in 2012[4] and in 2014 was awarded the Zurich Art Prize[3] and the Nam June Paik Art Centre Award 2014.[2] In 2015 he won the Calder Prize.[1] He also won the Collide International Award in 2017.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Mirza was born in 1977 in London, where he grew up. He is of Pakistani descent.[22]


  1. ^ a b "British artist Haroon Mirza Wins $50,000 Calder Prize". news.artnet.com. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b "2014 Nam June Paik Art Center Prize: Haroon Mirza". www.e-flux.com. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Zurich Art Prize". www.hauskonstruktiv.ch. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Haroon Mirza awarded Daiwa Foundation Art Prize 2012". www.dajf.org.uk. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Art Biennale 2011 – Silver Lion to Haroon Mirza". la Biennale di Venezia Channel. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Haroon Mirza wins the fourth Northern Art Prize". www.northernartprize.org.uk. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Haroon Mirza". artsy.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Cabaret Futura | Cell Project Space". cellprojects.org. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Lisson Gallery". www.lissongallery.com. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  10. ^ "La Biennale: Haroon Mirza – Swide Magazine". Swide.com. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  11. ^ Skye Sherwin (18 March 2011). "Artist of the week 130: Haroon Mirza | Art and design | guardian.co.uk". London: Guardian. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  12. ^ Perry Garvin Studio · http://perrygarvin.com · studio@perrygarvin.com. "Performa 11 · Event · Ed Atkins, Haroon Mirza, and James Richards". 11.performa-arts.org. Retrieved 23 November 2011. {{cite web}}: External link in |author= (help)
  13. ^ "An Echo Button – Exhibitions". Zabludowicz Collection. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  14. ^ "Haroon Mirza – I saw square triangle sine". Camden Arts Centre. 7 October 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  15. ^ "Haroon Mirza | University of Michigan Museum of Art". umma.umich.edu. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  16. ^ "Soundings: A Contemporary Score". www.moma.org. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  17. ^ "Haroon Mirza: Reality is somehow what we expect it to be". Ikon gallery.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. ^ "Haroon Mirza's largest exhibition to date opens at Ikon Gallery". lissongallery.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. ^ "Haroon Mirza wins the fourth Northern Art Prize Northern Art Prize". Northernartprize.org.uk. 21 January 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  20. ^ Martin Wainwright (20 January 2011). "Haroon Mirza scoops Northern Art prize | Art and design | guardian.co.uk". London: Guardian. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  21. ^ "Haroon Mirza". lissongallery.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  22. ^ Ting, Selina (1 November 2010). "Interview: Haroon Mirza". InitiArt Magazine. Archived from the original on 6 September 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2020. My background is predominantly Western even though my family origin is from Pakistan, so I wanted to explore the differences between perceptions.

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