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Haroon Mirza in Conversation with Dr Sook-Kyung Lee: The Daiwa Foundation Art Prize 2012

Haroon Mirza will discuss how his experiences in Japan have inspired his artistic practice.

Haroon Mirza, winner of the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize 2012, had a solo show at SCAI THE BATHHOUSE in Tokyo earlier this year as part of the Prize, exhibiting his installation Falling Rope. In this talk, the artist will focus how his experiences in Japan have inspired his artistic practice.
He will also discuss in what ways his research and creations may have offered new perspectives to Japanese audiences.

Haroon Mirza was awarded the Northern Art Prize 2010 and the Silver Lion for most promising young artist at the 54th Venice Biennale, 2011. He has participated in notable exhibitions including The British Art Show 7 (2011) which was organised by Hayward Touring, Preoccupied Waveforms (2012) at the New Museum in New York, and the Ninth Gwangju Biennale (2012) in South Korea. Mirza combines a variety of readymade and time-based materials to create audio compositions, which are often realised as site-specific installations. In doing so, Mirza complicates the distinctions between noise, sound and music, and alters the function and meaning of everyday objects and socio-cultural constructs. Mirza is currently showing in a group show at Tate Modern, Ruins in Reverse, as well as in Sharjah Biennial 11, Re:emerge, Towards a New Cultural Cartography. He currently has solo shows at mima, Middlesbrough (March), the Lisson Gallery, London, and will have a solo exhibition The Hepworth Wakefield (May 2013.)

Dr Sook-Kyung Lee will act as discussant, investigating the shifting position of media art in contemporary art history. Dr Lee has carried out extensive research on Nam June Paik, an artist and composer who is widely regarded as the father of video art.

Dr Sook-Kyung Lee is a curator, lecturer and writer, and is currently Research Curator, Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific at the Tate. Dr Lee is also Curator for the Tate’s Asia-Pacific Acquisitions Committee, an international art collection initiative. She was previously Exhibitions & Displays Curator at Tate Liverpool, and curated a number of exhibitions including Nam June Paik, Doug Aitken: The Source and Thresholds (as part of Liverpool Biennial 2012). Born in South Korea, Dr Lee was Curator at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, a Lecturer at Hong-ik University in Seoul and a Guest Lecturer of the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. She has written for several exhibition catalogues as well as for a variety of international art publications.


Haroon Mirza | talks
Dr Sook-Kyung Lee | talks


Date and Time:

2 April 2013 at 6:00 pm


2 hours



The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace
020 7486 4348

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