Hendl Helen Mirra
‘I find it moving that textiles precede texts by thousands of years. And though I love Anni Albers, she was more of an inventor and I’m more of an anti-inventor, if anything.

I’m committed to being in the world, not as an explorer or a researcher but as a witness.’

born 1970 in Rochester, NY, USA. Lives in West Marin, Northern California.

Through the activities of weaving and daylong walks, Mirra’s practice is engaged in the overlapping realms of ecology, conceptual experimentation, and bodily experience. Her methods and modes of expression result in subtle and concise pieces of art.

Hendl Helen Mirra has been awarded various fellowships and residencies, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in NY (2020), IASPIS in Stockholm (2011), OCA in Oslo (2007-8) and DAAD in Berlin (2005-6). A compilation of her texts ‘Escritura-a-través’ has been published by Merve Publishers in 2018 followed by ‘good nothing’ in 2021. She was Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago.

Selected Exhibitions:
Musée d'art contemporain de la haute-vienne (Chateau de Rochechouart) FR (solo, 2022). Cample Line, Thornhill, Scotland, UK (solo, 2020). Peter Freeman Inc, New York, US (solo, 2019). Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, SE (solo, 2018). Kunst Meran, Merano, IT (solo, 2017). 12th Havana Biennial, CU (group, 2015). Culturgest, Lisbon, PT (solo, 2014). 30th Bienal de São Paulo, BR (2012). KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE (solo); Bonner Kunstverein, DE (solo, 2011). Berkeley Art Museum, US (solo, 2003). The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, US (solo, 2001).

Hendl Helen Mirra

Artforum.com, ‘Critics Pick: ‘In the Labyrinth’ at Large Glass’, Emily LaBarge, February 2019

The Art Newspaper, ‘Diary: Get lost in the myths and mazes of Large Glass's labyrinthine show’, Louisa Buck, 11 February 2019

The Guardian, ‘We gotta get out of this place! The artists snared by the lure of the labyrinth’, Charlotte Higgins, 3 February 2019

Art Monthly, ‘Helen Mirra and Allyson Strafella: Suchness’, Cherry Smyth, June 2016