Haroon Mirza at Pivô / São Paulo

Haroon Mirza
02 July – 13 August, 2016

Edifício Copan, loja 54
Avenida Ipiranga, 200
01046-925 São Paulo Brasil

For its 2016 Annual Exhibition Program, Pivô presents a solo show by artist Haroon Mirza. The exhibition, titled ‘ããã’ is a site-specific installation powered by Emerging Paradigm, an electronic device made by the artist which fits his needs of concentrating and synchronising several channels of light, sound and video simultaneously. In the lead up to the exhibition the artist will do a 2-month residency in São Paulo to research and capture images and sounds for ‘ããã’ which will play up to four videos and eight channels of electric signals in synchronization. The videos will reflect on the current political climate in Brazil, the local culture of music, entheogens (plants that have psychedelic properties like the ones used in Ayahuasca) and developments in physics and cosmologics.
One of the goals of this project is to present the work of Haroon Mirza to a Brazilian audience for the first time, whilst also contributing to the local contemporary art scene by promoting an exhibition by a renowned international artist. It will be also the first time that Mirza presents his work in Latin America. Pivô’s peculiar architectural properties and the historical relevance of its space converge with the nature of Mirza’s research.
Winner of the 2011 Silver Lion award at the 54th Venice Biennale for a promising young artist, Mirza builds immersive installations with light, sound and objects that take as their starting point the exhibition space. His objects transmit sound and use LED lights and technology to redesign/reactivate the gallery space, inviting the viewer into a live synesthetic experience of the site.
Haroon Mirza is an artist who approaches digital language as sculptural material: using technology, through light and sound systems, he expands the boundaries of visual arts, opening a new window to the perception of the artwork. By exploring all senses, his work defies the usual passivity of the artwork and also that of the audience – while experiencing it, one realizes about the core question of his work which is about challenging the categorization of cultural forms.
About Haroon Mirza
Haroon Mirza was born in London in 1977 where he lives and works. Recent awards include the Calder Art Prize 2015, the Nam June Paik Award 2014 and the Zurich Art Prize 2014. Solo exhibitions include Nam June Paik Art Centre, Seoul, South Korea (2015); Matadero, Madrid, Spain (2015); Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland (2015); Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland (2014); Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye, Poissy, France (2014); IMMA, Dublin, Ireland (2014); Le Grand Palais, St Nazaire, France (2014); The Hepworth, Wakefield, UK (2013); MIMA, Middlesbrough, UK (2013); The New Museum, New York (2012), Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, St Gallen, Switzerland (2012); University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, USA (2012); Camden Arts Centre, London (2011); and A-Foundation, Liverpool, UK (2009). His work was included in the 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, China (2012) and the 54th Venice Biennale (2011).