Artist Haroon Mirza discusses his new audiovisual work, year zero (2020) with artist Jack Jelfs, Hoor Al Qasimi, President and Director, Sharjah Art Foundation and President, The Africa Institute, and Jonathan Watkins, Ikon Director.
year zero, commissioned by Ikon and supported by Art Fund, is part of his ‘modular opera’, made up of many individual works, responding to different contexts and conditions. On the verge of the C-19 pandemic, his most recent live performance was at the Lahore Biennale 2020, curated by Al Qasimi. Staged at dusk, in the landmark Gaddafi Stadium’s Alhamra Amphitheatre, during the Islamic call to prayer, the modular opera reflected the curator’s ecological and cosmological concerns.
The panel will be followed by a screening of The Wave Epoch, originally conceived by Mirza and Jelfs during their 2018 residency at CERN – the largest particle physics laboratory in the world and home of the iconic Large Hadron Collider.