David Birkin, ‘Pieta’, 2012, Vohn Gallery

About David Birkin

What is omitted is as important as what is present in the photographs of David Birkin. The British artist combines original and appropriated images with sculpture and performance in pieces that investigate photography’s ability to capture loss, as well as the space between the political and personal, the public and private. He has covered an AP wire photo of a funeral in Kabul with bright blue lapis lazuli from Afghani mines, altered controversial war photographs with the addition of related names to the source code, and transformed ID numbers from the Iraqi Body Count database into color values with information about the person hidden within the JPEG filenames. In other works, Birkin relies on his subjects to define the pieces’ parameters, inviting people to share their secrets before a camera, opening and closing the shutter based on the length of their confessions.

British-American, b. 1977, London, United Kingdom, based in New York, NY, United States

Exhibition Highlights

2017
Fotomuseum, 
Antwerp, Belgium,
The Data Battlefield
2017
Beton 7, 
Athens,
Abstracted Mythologies - Part 2
2017
Casino Luxembourg, 
Luxembourg,
Looking for the Clouds
2016
SVA, 
New York,
InColorForm
2015
The Mosaic Rooms, 
London, United Kingdom,
Mouths at the Invisible Event

Solo Shows

2015
The Mosaic Rooms, 
London, United Kingdom,
Mouths at the Invisible Event

Group Shows

2017
Fotomuseum, 
Antwerp, Belgium,
The Data Battlefield
2017
Beton 7, 
Athens,
Abstracted Mythologies - Part 2
2017
Casino Luxembourg, 
Luxembourg,
Looking for the Clouds
2016
5th Base, 
London,
Abstracted Mythologies - Part 1
2016
SVA, 
New York,
InColorForm
2015
MUDAM Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg, 
Luxembourg,
Memory Lab
2015
Centre national de la photographie, 
France,
L’Été Photographique
2015
Benaki Museum, 
Athens, Kentrikos Tomeas Athinon, Greece,
Athens Photo Festival
2015
71a Gallery, 
London, United Kingdom,
COBRA 1.7
2015
FotoFest, Houston, USA, 
Houston, TX, United States,
Sensor
2013
Sumarria Lunn Gallery, 
London, United Kingdom,
Lieux de Mémoire
2013
(Art) Amalgamated, 
New York, NY, United States,
Some Fifty Miles of Concrete Pavement
2012
Dumbo Arts Center, 
Brooklyn, NY, United States,
VLA Art & Law Residency Exhibition
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