Haroon Mirza: The Construction of an Act is the first solo exhibition in Australia by London-based artist Haroon Mirza and brings together new commissions with existing artworks to showcase a decade of the artist’s practice. Mirza has created a new installation for ACCA that responds to the gallery’s unique architecture through a combination of sound, light and sculptural assemblage. The exhibition operates like a score, drawing upon the musical analogy of the artist as composer and the gallery as an instrument. Mirza’s intention is to engage viewers’ physical, visual and aural perceptions and to blur the boundaries between individual artworks within an immersive space. Mirza has an ongoing interest in the diverse ways that systems of belief are structured across far-ranging disciplines including science, religion, politics, technology, mysticism and medicine. Pursuing this inquiry, Mirza has invited collaborators to undertake residencies inside a studio within the gallery to co-produce a live performance that will respond to a real-life story of belief, mysticism and conflict.
How to use this kit
This exhibition kit has been written by ACCA Education to support learning alongside Haroon Mirza: The Construction of an Act. Three key artworks from the exhibition have been highlighted to prompt thinking and inquiry with students. Primary and secondary activities, mapped to the Victorian and Australian Curriculum, can be found in the section For Teachers.