Lisa Hirmer is an interdisciplinary artist who works across visual media (particularly photography), social practice, performance and occasionally writing. She is primarily concerned with collective relationships—that which exists between things, rather than simply in them—in communities and publics as well as in our relationships with the more-than-human world. In her public practice she explores the public life of ideas: how ideas and conversations move through communities of people and become a living part of collective life. In other work, she studies the forces that shape and transform human relationships with the ecologies they are a part of, looking in particular for the traces left by the connections between things. Her practice is sincere in its engagement with the world and deeply connected to the sites, circumstances and communities that surround its creation. It is always created with a keen awareness—informed by a mixed Mexican and European-newcomer background—that multiple realities exist alongside one another.
Hirmer’s work finds home both in traditional galleries and an expanded field of other public spaces and has been shown across Canada and internationally including at Art Gallery of Guelph, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Third Space, Peninsula Arts, Nuit Blanche (Toronto), CAFKA, Queens Museum and Flux Factory. Recent highlights for her practice include being the 2016 Artist-in-Residence for the City of Guelph, a 2018 solo exhibition and collaborative curatorial project with Cambridge Art Galleries (Idea Exchange), the 2018 premier of the multi-faceted performance work Drinking Water in collaboration with choreographer Sete Tele at Tasdance (Australia), and a recent solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Guelph which explores changing human relationships with the weather. Hirmer is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and is currently based in Guelph, Canada.
More information on the Thread Residencies can be found here. The residencies are curated by Elwood Jimmy, and supported by the Musagetes Foundation.