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, b. 1977

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2015
Memory Lab, MUDAM Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
2015
Sensor, FotoFest, Houston, USA, Houston, TX, United States
2015
COBRA 1.7, 71a Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2015
Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens, Kentrikos Tomeas Athinon, Greece
2015
Mouths at the Invisible Event, The Mosaic Rooms, London, United Kingdom

Solo Shows on Artsy

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

Group Shows on Artsy

2015
L’Été Photographique, Centre national de la photographie, France
2015
Memory Lab, MUDAM Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
2015
Sensor, FotoFest, Houston, USA, Houston, TX, United States
2015
COBRA 1.7, 71a Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2015
Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens, Kentrikos Tomeas Athinon, Greece
2013
A Spectator on the Stands of History, Vohn Gallery, New York
2013
Lieux de Mémoire, Sumarria Lunn Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2013
Some Fifty Miles of Concrete Pavement, (Art) Amalgamated, New York, NY, United States
2012
Celeste Prize Exhibition, Museo Centrale Montemartini, Rome, Italy
2012
VLA Art & Law Residency Exhibition, Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY, United States
2011
Moments of Reprieve, Tallinn Kunstihoone, Estonia
2011
New Sensations, Saatchi Collection, London, United Kingdom
2011
Mirror Gaze, Solyanka State Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2010
Exposure, National Media Museum, Bradford, UK
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