Ilana Halperin, ‘Sakurajima, 31 Oct 2019’ (2019). Photo: Ilana Halperin. Courtesy the artist and Patricia Fleming, Glasgow.


Ilana Halperin

Ilana Halperin (b. 1976 in New York, USA) lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.

Halperin has boiled milk in a 100 degree Celsius sulphur spring in the crater of an active volcano; stood with a friend on both sides of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge; talked with geologists inside a lava tube inhabited by life-affirming bacteria; formed sculptures in caves and hot springs; spent time with geology collections formed inside the body; and held the Allende Meteorite, the oldest known object in the solar system, in her hands. She shares her birthday with the Eldfell Volcano in Iceland.

Solo shows include: Minerals of New York, The Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland (2019); The Library, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland (2013); Steine, Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charité, Berlin, Germany (2012); Hand Held Lava, Schering Stiftung, Berlin, Germany (2012); Physical Geology (slow time), Artists Space, New York, USA (2009).


Group shows include: Cristallisations – la naissance d’un ordre caché, La Grande Place, Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis, curated by Centre Pompidou Metz, Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche, France (2014); Allegory of the Cave Painting, curated by Mihnea Mircan, Extra City, Antwerp, Belgium (2014); Estratos curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, PAC Murcia, Spain (2008); Sharjah Biennial 8, UAE (2007); Experimental Geographycurated by Nato Thompson (touring 2008-11).