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It’s the 10-year anniversary show at Zabludowicz Collection

And prepare to be mesmerised by artist Haroon Mirza at the Kentish Town contemporary art gallery

Haroon Mirza (aaa, 2016, 1) . Photo: Zabludowicz Collection

It’s the autumn biggie at Kentish Town’s pioneering contemporary art space, which also celebrates a decade on Prince of Wales Road. Is it really that long?

For the new show HRM199, which opens today, London-based artist Haroon Mirza uses electricity as a material with which he orchestrates light, sound and video to produce performances and immersive installations.

The System Blue_3; Haroon Mirza, Adam, Eve, Others and a UFO, 2013. Photo: Artist

“His exhibitions deconstruct ideas of singular authorship by developing wide-ranging collaborations across disciplines to reconsider conventional social and creative structures,” says curator Elizabeth Neilson.

This show re-imagines three major installations alongside a brand new work that together examines the relationships between “matter, consciousness and communication.”


The System, 2014. From Irish Museum of Modern Art and Lisson Gallery. Photo: Davey Moore

But what does all that actually mean? Well, we popped to the preview last night and can report that each room is a mesmerising cacophony of lights, screens, bleeps, interviews, beats and samples. It’s populist, ambitious and thought-provoking in equal measures. There’s a real political edge, too.

Also opening this week is Zabludowicz Collection Invites: Rebecca Ackroyd, whose work The Root continues her interest in, as she says, “the metaphoric association between body and building”. Its juxtaposition of textures provide a calm retreat after Mirza’s ballsy darkroom pyrotechnics.

So if you haven’t ever been to an exhibition here, it’s probably about time. Right?

HRM199 by Haroon Mirza, from 28th Sept (launch, 6-8pm) until 17th December. Free, open Thurs to Sun, 12midday to 6pm. 176 Prince of Wales Road, NW5. More info here.

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