Erin Shirreff was born in British Columbia, Canada, and now lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Halves and Wholes at Kunsthalle Basel (2016), and a survey exhibition of photographs, sculpture, and video co-curated by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (2015-16). Her work has also been included in recent museum group shows including Photography Today: Distant Realities, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2016); L’image volée, Fondazione Prada, Milan (2016); and Photo-Poetics: An Anthology, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2015). Her work has also been exhibited in the following institutions: ICA Philadelphia; Kunsthalle Helsinki; Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp; Dallas Museum of Art; the Power Plant, Toronto; François Pinault Foundation, Venice; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Zabludowicz Collection, London; Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, MoMA PS1, and elsewhere.
Shirreff was an artist-in-residence at the Chinati Foundation (2011), and Artpace in San Antonio (2013), and is the recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant. Her work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Centre Pompidou, LACMA, The Museum of Modern Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Yale University Art Gallery, among others.