Photo by Julian Cardona, 2016

Born in Mexico City, Harrsch has lived in several cities throughout the country, as well as Italy, Germany, and Brazil; for the past fourteen years she has lived and worked in New York City. She has been defined as a multidisciplinary artist, employing traditional mediums along with new media and technologies to articulate her concepts and interests.

The formal aspects of her oeuvre and languages investigate diverse fields to achieve visual, multisensory, and interactive experiences: a comprehensive reflection about the body and identity, sexuality, desire, the space that defines us and the one we wish for, the limits and vertiginous freedom that lead to a continuous corporeal and ideological migration.

Harrsch’s solid background as a painter has been essential and visible in her aesthetic process, and her artwork is continually being filtered through images, the representation of the object, spaces, and colors; the work stems from experimentation and the processes themselves, and only later becomes articulated. These visual and formal processes are infused with multilayered references, a complex weave of the strata of meanings, which in turn make possible the extraction of multiple readings and narratives concerned with individual and cultural preoccupations, as well as critical social, political, and environmental issues.

For over six years she has included entomology research as part of her work, using butterflies as a metaphor for themes such as gender, identity, migration, nationality, and the relationship human beings have with their own nature and fragility.

Harrsch has expanded her trajectory to achieve authority status in a wide range of disciplines related to the production of multimedia art. She has established a fertile and captivating language, using tools such as painting, photography, video, animation, installation, interactive projects, and the production and direction of multimedia shows. For the past eight years her interdisciplinary practices have led to collaborations with well-known musicians and composers, including Philip Glass, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, Claire Chase, Paola Prestini, and Maya Beiser, among others.

Erika Harrsch has been selected to participate in the Fokus-Lodz Biennale, Lodz, Poland, 2010; 798 Biennale, Beijing, China, 2009; International Media Art Biennale, Seoul, South Korea, 2008; Fotofest Biennial, Houston, Texas, 2008; as well as the 6th and 7th FEMSA-Monterrey Biennial, Mexico, in 2003 and 2005.

Her work has been shown in galleries, festivals, and international artistic residencies, as well as the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York City), Museo del Barrio (New York City), Nevada Museum of Art (Reno, Nevada), Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield, Connecticut), Neuberger Museum of Art (Purchase, NY), Bellevue Arts Museum (Bellevue, Washington), in the United States; Göteborg Konstmuseum, Sweden; Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium; Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea; and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (Nuevo León) and Museo de la Ciudad (Querétaro), in Mexico. Her work is included in numerous international public and private collections, including the Musée de la Photographie in Belgium, and the Eaton Corporation and the Fidelity Corporation in the United States.

Individual Exhibitions

2016

Beyond Visible, La Cúpula, Mérida, México
Room 35 - Labyrinth video performance, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, USA

2015

Imagos, Matucana 100, Santiago, Chile
The Monarch Paradigm. Migration as Metaphor, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV, USA
Lens Vivant, Multidisciplinary-living-installation performance, Museo del Barrio, NY, USA

2014

Room 35, Artspace, Shepard Galleries, University of Nevada, Reno, NV, USA
Bodymaps cello concerto, Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts, University of Nevada Reno, NV, USA
Room 35, multidisciplinary concert and performance, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA

2013

Inverted-Sky, ArtGate Gallery New York, NY, USA
United States of North America, Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, UTEP, El Paso, TX, USA
Flow, permanent public art installation, EATON corporation world headquarters, Cleveland, OH, USA
United States of North America Passport Performance at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT, USA
An Experience in the Ruins, premier Erika Harrsch-LED Cello Performance Multimedia, National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY, USA

2012

Under One Sky, Kasia Kay Projects Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
SKYFUL Kite performance at ORIGINAL MUSIC WORKSHOP, Williamsburg, NY, USA
Inverted Sky Kite Performance, River to River Festival, World Financial Center, NYC, USA

2011

Cash Cube, VOLTA NY, NYC, USA

2009

United States of North America, project for the PINTA art fair, NYC, USA

2008

Eros -Thanatos, Musée de la Photographie a Charleroi, Belgium
Alter-eros, GE Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico

2007

Object of Desire, Galeria Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2006

FOTOFEST, Diverseworks, Houston TX "Eros-Thanathos"

2005

Alternativaonce Gallery, Monterrey, Mex. "Objeto del Deseo
Festival Cervantino. Kunsthaus Santa Fe San Miguel de Allende, Gto. Mex. "Objeto del Deseo"
Hoper House Art Center, Nyack, NY "Traps series"
Continental Center I, gallery, Houston,TX "Via Crucis"

2004

Göteborgs Konstmuseum / Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, Sweden "Corpus"
Taller Boricua / Mexico Now. NY"Four Mexican Photographers"

2002

Open Studio, Long Island City, Nueva York. Traps series

2001

Art-Focus Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Méx.

2000

Kuntshaus Santa Fe, San Miguel de Allende, Mex. "Señales"

1996

Diego Rivera Museum, Guanajuato, Mex. "Encuentros y Realidades"

1995

Aristos Gallery. MUCA, Méx. City. "Transiciones"

1993

Galería Atelier, Querétaro, Méx. "Confrontando Identidades Encubiertas"

1991

Queretaro Art Museum, Qro, Méx. "Erika Harrsch"
Centro Cultural el Nigromante, San Miguel de Allende, Mex.



Selected Group Exhibitions

2017

Between I & Thou, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY, USA

2016

The Incredible Likeness of Being, Marc Straus Gallery, NYC, USA
Immigration / Emigration SFAI 140, Santa Fe Art institute, Santa Fe NM, USA
Eros-Thanatos, Festival a-part / Alpilles-Provence'art, Les Baux-de Provence, France

2015

Room 35, Cut Out Fest, Querétaro, Mexico
A Common Thread, Bendheim Gallery, The Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich, CT, USA

2014

Key Frames: Independent Artists’ Animation, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY, USA
I Love you Festival Zagreb, Contact Girls, Zagreb, Croatia
Time, Bosi Gallery,  New York, NY, USA

2013

Of Hope and Madness, MACLA, San Jose, CA, USA
Futbol, Arte y Pasión. Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey MARCO , México

2012

"How Much Do I Owe You?" No Longer Empty, The Clock Tower, LIC, New York
United States the Exhibition, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT, USA
Paradox: The Limits of Liberty, Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2011

Travelers, Objects of Dream and Revelation, Bellevue Arts Museum, WA, USA

2010

8th International Women Art Festival, Aleppo, Syria
Lodz Biennale 2010, Lodz, Poland
Centre d'Art Contemporain du Luxembourg belge. Belgium-Luxemburg Papillonnages
Other Gallery-Shanghai, China The Metamorphosis

2009

Constellations, Tokyo-Gallery BTAP Beijing 798 Biennale 2009
Status Report, BRIC Contemporary Arts/Media/Bklyn. NY, USA
Amelie A. Wallace Gallery at SUNY College at Old Westbury, The Borders, NY
Talent Preview '09, White Box, New York

2008

Seoul Museum of Art, 5th Seoul International Media Art Biennale "MediaCity Seoul 2008"
2008 Yeosu International Art Festival, Yeosu Korea
Over the Rainbow, 16 artists from New York City in Seoul, Yoo Art Space Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Introduction: Future Dialogues, Dean Project Gallery, LIC, NY, USA
PS122 Multidisciplinary Performance- VisionIntoArt NY “Violens”

2007

Soundres Festival, Lecce, Italy. VisionIntoArt, Bodymaps, Scuola Superiore ISUFI
VisionIntoArt performing arts ensemble, performing residency at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Live Whitney Series
Galeria Leme, Sao Paulo, Brasil
Fieldgate Gallery, London UK Latitude
Seven x Sins, Diverseworks Houston, TX
Art & Activism Exhibit, Victoria Price Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Walsh Art Gallery , The Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University,Connecticut
Visionintoart performance at Joe’s Pub, New York

2006

FORUM + Elzbieta Koscielak Gallery Cultural Center Zamek, Lesnica Poland."Body Double"
Lehigh University Art galleries museum "Latin American Photography II"
Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New York, NY "Woman: self Portrait"
The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN "8x8x8"
KBK gallery, Mexico city "Apropiaciones"

2005

7th FEMSA Monterrey Biennial / Monterrey, Mex.
Mexican Contemporary Artists in USA/ Mexican Cultural Institute Washington,DC.. Mirrors
Jamaica Center for Arts,NY "Momentito"
Galeria de Arte Mexicano, Mexico city. “Los retratos de Dorian Gray”
Edsvik Konsthall, Stockholm..Sweden "Corpus"
Queretaro city Museum, Mex. "Eight Anniversary"

2004

The Artist:network, New York,NY "Anthro/socio"
Art Istanbul, Istanbul, Turquía.
The Affordable Art Fair, Nueva York, Kunst Haus SantaFé
Photography is art gallery, TX A slightly different beast: The digital Print.
UnitB Gallery, Chicago, USA "The Phanthom limb"
Chihuahua Contemporary art museum, Chihuahua, Mex. "Highligts from the 6th MonterreyBiennial"
Fundación Telefónica de Buenos Aires.. Argentina, Artista Invitado-videos123x.
Centro Cultural de España, Mexico City, Invited Artist- Online and offline videos-123x mi.

2003

Monterrey Biennial–Centro Nacional de las Artes, Monterrey, Mex.
Metropolitan Museum Monterrey, Mex. " Arte y ética"
Guanajuato University, Sala Hermenegildo Bustos. Mex. "Video Lounge - Vulnerable"
Mackey Gallery, Art Houston 2003. Houston TX. "Open House"
Museo de la Ciudad de Querétaro, Qro, Mex."Conjura Sinoptica"

2002

Metropolitan Museum Monterrey, Monterrey,Méx. "Muerte sin Fin"
Exit Art Gallery, New York. "Reactions"

2001

Museo del Centenario, Monterrey, Méx "Encuentro y Celebración"
Art-Faber Gallery San Miguel de Allende, Méx. "Foto-objeto"

1999

Queretaro art museum,Querétaro, Qro. Méx. "Fin de Siglo Nueva Era"

1998

Heinrich Heine Haus, Lüneburg, Germany. "Contemporary Mexican Art"

1997

Mexican General Consulate, Hamburg, Germany Functional Art, Harrsch-Kaufmann

1996

Dharma gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Mex"Arte y Objeto"
Instituto Allende,San Miguel de Allende, Mex "Functional Art"

1995

Real Seminario de Minas, México city. "Homage to Luis Donaldo Colosio"

1994

Querétaro Art Museum, Méx. "Clave de Luz"
Museo Universitario Contemporaneo de Arte MUCA, México City

1993

Centro Cultural el Nigromante ,San Miguel de Allende, Mex. Bellas Artes para Bellas Artes

1992

Galeria Libertad, Querétaro, Mex. Concurso de Artes Plasticas Agustin Rivera

1991

Museo de Arte de Querétaro Qro, Mex."Arte en Queretaro"



Selected Residencies and Awards

2016

Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

2014

SOTA Series Award-Visiting Artist Residency, Department of Art-School of the Arts, University of Nevada, Reno, USA
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Room 35, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA

2013

eDream Institute Emerging Digital Research-Education in the Arts Media Institute, National Center for Super Computing Applications, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
NEA, National Endowment for the Arts Award for Multimedia, Room 35, VisionIntoArt

2012

The Gaea Foundation Award-Sea Change Residency, Provincetown, MA, USA

2008

Mex-Am, Foundation Award, New York, USA

2007

SoundRes, festival and residency, Lecce, Italy