The 2019 ACCA International Haroon Mirza: Construction of an Act

The ACCA International brings to Melbourne an artist at a pivotal point in their career – often presenting their work to Australian audiences for the first time. In 2019, ACCA will present the first solo exhibition in Australia by acclaimed London- based artist Haroon Mirza, bringing special new commissions into dialogue with re- presentations of the artist’s recent work. Mirza’s practice, which encompasses sculptural assemblage, immersive installation and live performance, has its origins in music; in the rhythm, syncopation and sampling techniques informed by the artist’s early experience as a DJ.

For The Construction of an Act, an exhibition presented with Melbourne International Arts Festival, Mirza will consider ACCA’s vast architecture as a reverberation chamber in which a disparate body of works will come together to form a conceptual and sonic whole. As a new commission especially for the exhibition, Mirza has constructed a residency studio within the gallery, as a space for local and international collaborators to undertake week-long residencies, culminating in a live performance within the exhibition.

Born in 1977 in London, Haroon Mirza has exhibited widely across Europe, Asia, North and South America, following post-graduate studios both at Chelsea College of Art and Design and Goldsmiths College, London, and an earlier degree from Winchester School of Art. In less than a decade he has been awarded some of the most prestigious prizes in the art world, including a Silver Lion for Most Promising Artist at the 2011 Venice Biennale, the Zurich Art Prize and Nam June Paik Centre Awa rd in 2014, and the Calder Prize in 2015.

14 Sep - 17 Nov