Irini Miga


I grew up in Greece, a country on the line between the perceived East and West, where the distant past, present and desired future coexist; so seeing things through a prism of constant symbiosis became a norm early on. As an immigrant, female artist living and working in the United States, I find myself at times caught in the dichotomy that is created by opposing values. I find humble, anti-monumental gestures and giving value to the minor and otherwise neglected of immense importance.

In my practice I create constellations of humble gestures that call for close examination. I ascribe value to the neglected, which becomes of great significance. Marks of performative actions and leftover traces become part of my spatial vocabulary, in which the marking of time is revealed.

I am interested in the way that we navigate and perceive our environments; today and in the past. Thus my work engages with the memory of place from the point of origin to the present. This manifests as reconstructions of sites and objects of personal significance.

I am constantly challenging the potential of my materials in order to create a variation of frequencies and movement within physical and mental space. I look at the point where sculpture touches painterly nuances as an unfolding sketchbook of our everyday reality in physical space. To me, the concept, the materials, along with the color that will activate the works and their surroundings are of equal importance.

I work in the intersection of sculpture, installation, everyday performativity, text, sound and film. I use basic sculptural materials like clay, wood, plaster, found and custom-made objects juxtaposed with everyday ephemera like paper, dust, and metal rods. I am particularly fascinated with clay as a natural malleable material that carries time in its essence and one that connects me with the history of my country.

My references abound: they range from greek archeological excavation sites, construction sites, google photos, personal places, DIY YouTube videos, and literature, in particular the magical realism of Mikhail Bulgakov, and Jorge Luis Borges.





MFA in Visual Arts, Columbia University, New York, US


BFA, Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens, GR


Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK




Away is Another Way of Saying Here, Essex Flowers, New York, NY


Reflections, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta


The . beneath white – Wiener Art Foundation / fAN Kunstverein, Vienna, Austria


Conceptual Romantic, CONDUITS (IT), ReMap3, Athens, Greece


Wittingly Sparkling, Greedy Dimples, Breeder, Athens


Echoes Prelude, Side 2, Tokyo




(* denotes a catalogue publication)


Room for Failure, curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud, Piero Atchugarry Gallery, Miami, FL Cosmology / Asthenia zine #O7, organized & edited by Amalia Vekri, Antonín Jirát, and Alexios Papazacharias, City Surfer Office,  Prague, Czech Republic *



When You Were Bloom, Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York, NY

Tomorrow’s Dreams, curated by Daily Lazy, Neuer Essener Kunstverein, Essen, Germany

Selections 2018, curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, NY



.connecting., Practice, New York    (two person show with João Vasco Paiva)

Scraggly Beard Grandpa, curated by Cici Wu, Capsule Shanghai, Shanghai *

Imperceptible, curated by Xavier Acarín, Abrons Art Center, NYC

Good Weather presents: The Best Is The Least We Can Do, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta

Where Do We Stand? Two Years of Drawing with Open Sessions, curated by Lisa Sigal and Nova Benway, The Drawing Center, New York *

Car Service II, curated by Danai Giannoglou and Vasilis Papageorgiou, Enterprise Projects, Athens

Marginalia, curated by Lisa Sigal and Nova Benway, The Drawing Center, New York

*bang! Daily Lazy Projects, Athens



The Equilibrists, curated by Gary Carrion-Murayari and Helga Christoffersen with Massimiliano Gioni, organized by the New Museum, New York and the DESTE Foundation, Athens in collaboration with the Benaki Museum, Athens*

BiBeLot, curated by Dimitrios Antonitsis, Hydra School Projects, Hydra, Greece*

Leisure as a Mechanism for Resistance,curated by Daily Lazy, Wiener Art Foundation / fAN Kunstverein, Parallel, Vienna

Frida Smoked. Invisible Exports, New York

The Others, curated by Baseera Khan, 56 Bogart, pop-up show, Brooklyn, NY

Strategies in the Geometry of Homecoming, Torrance Shipman Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (curatorial)




2018 /17 /14

Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant Nominee, New York


HYAM-Young Mediterranean Artistic Scene Prize, Paris (shortlisted)


The DESTE Prize  (shortlisted)


The Fulbright Grant


Joan Sovern Sculpture Award, Columbia University


The Emily Fisher Landau Fellowship Fund, Columbia University, New York, NY





BEMIS Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE


The Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL


Open Sessions, The Drawing Center, New York, NY


Workspace Program, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY


International Summer Academy of Fine Arts, Salzburg, Austria

(course with Raimundas Malaŝauskas)


Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan ME


The Watermill Center, New York;

and Norwegian Theater Academy, Fredrikstad, Norway


AZB Sculpture Guest-atelier, Zurich, Switzerland





Time Out New York: When You Were Bloom, Thierry Goldberg Gallery by Howard Halle


Daily Lazy: Irini Miga at Atlanta Contemporary


BLOUIN ARTINFO, Larry Ossei-Mensah’s ‘Selections’ at Elizabeth Dee, New York



Artforum, Critics’ pick, Shanghai, “Scraggly Beard Grandpa” CAPSULE SHANGHAI, by Todd Meyers


Flash Art, Outside ART021 and West Bund / Shanghai Art Week, by Alvin Jiahuan Li

The Huffington Post: Your Guide to Navigating Athens’ Art Scene, Beyond documenta 14 by Natalie Hegert



Ocula: The Equilibrists: A report from Greece by Stephanie Bailey


Artforum Diary: Crab Walk by Linda Yablonsky


Blouin ARTinfo: In Athens, a Debt Crisis Edition of the New Museum’s Triennial by Rachel Corbett


Daily Lazy: The Equilibrists organized by the New Museum, New York and the DESTE Foundation, Athens in collaboration with the Benaki Museum, Athens / Athens


Daily Lazy: Irini Miga at Wiener Art Foundation / Vienna


Huffington Post: Six Women Artists Celebrate The Power Of The Cigarette by Priscilla Frank


Time Out New York: Frida Smoked by Howard Halle


The Creators Project: Six Female Artists Consider the Cigarette by Ysabelle Cheung


ARTnews: Opening: “Frida Smoked” at Invisible-Exports by the editors of ARTnews


Milk: Can smoking be a feminist act? by Jocelyn Silver


Daily Lazy: Frida Smoked. at Invisible-Exports / New York


Art F City: Smoke ‘Em if You Got ‘Em: “Frida Smoked” at Invisible-Exports by Emily Colucci



Huffington Post, Ten Badass Emerging Female artist you should know, by Priscilla Frank