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About Iris Häussler

Iris Häussler’s immersive installations revolve around fictitious stories. Detailed biographies of invented characters build a basis from which she creates the material evidence of their obsessive lives and works. In collaboration with art-institutions and museum, these hyper-realistic, unsettling environments are interwoven into the historic, social and economic contexts of their sites.

When visitors experience them in domestic dwellings, historical houses or museums spaces, they can form their own meanings and interpretations of the lives of Häussler’s characters by piecing together the clues from viewing artefacts and participating in guided tours. Visitors often refer to their experience as “walking through a novel in three dimensions”.

Because Häussler is interested in the fragile boundaries between fiction and reality, she often does not immediately reveal that her installations are contemporary artworks.  When revealing so afterwards, her works invite vibrant discussion and controversy.

Born in Germany and trained as a conceptual artist and sculptor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Häussler’s work is shown internationally. She was an awardee of the Kunstfonds, Bonn, and won the Karl Hofer Prize 1999, in Berlin. In 2010 she was invited on the Cape Farewell (UK) High Arctic Expedition. Since her immigration to Canada she received grants from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Chalmers Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Iris Häussler held a guest professorship at the Academy of Fine Art in Munich in 1999. She has given talks about her work in universities and art institutions in Canada, the USA, Germany, Sweden, Australia and the Norwegian Arctic. Her work is found in collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; the Städtische Sammlung im Lenbachhaus, Munich and the Goetz Collection, Munich, Germany.   

Iris Häussler is represented by Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto.

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