Oktobro, fire basket, for Marjetica Potrč, 2019, linen, mushroom-dyed wool, 39 x 50 cm

Helen Mirra »ĉielarka aktivec’«

Berlin , September 12, 2020 - November 14, 2020

Opening September 11 during Gallery Weekend Berlin

Small chance-determined and color-spectrum-following weavings. Either with an undyed warp and colored weft, or a colored warp and undyed weft. The Tibetan Buddhist concept of the 'rainbow body' similarly conveys the idea of cessation and vibrancy not being divergent.


Helen Mirra was born in Rochester, New York in 1970 and lives in Muir Beach, CA. In 2015 she participated in the 12th Havana Biennial with a month-long walking project. She also participated in the 30th São Paulo Biennial (2012) and the 50th Venice Biennial (2003). A fifteen year survey (1996-2010) of her work was presented at Culturgest in Lisbon in 2014. Solo exhibitions include “Acts for placing woolen and linen” at Cample Line (2020), Thornhill SCT, “Gehen, weben/Caminare, tessere” at Kunst Meran/Merano Arte (2017), “Hourly Directional” at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and with Ernst Karel at the MIT List Visual Arts Center (both Cambridge MA and in 2014); “gehend (Field Recordings 1-3)”, which was held at three venues: Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich (2012), KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, and Bonner Kunstverein (both 2011). She participated in institutional group exhibitions at Berkeley Art Museum (2019), Museum of Contemporary Art São Paulo, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (both 2018), The Renaissance Society, Chicago, Hammer Museum, L.A. (both in 2015), Martha Herford (2009), Kunsthalle Basel (2003). She was a Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago. Mirra has been awarded various fellowships and residencies, including the Guggenheim Fellowship in NY (2020), OCA in Oslo (2007/08), DAAD in Berlin (2005/2006), and IASPIS in Stockholm (2011). A compilation of her texts “Escritura-a-través” has been published with Merve Publishers in 2018.