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Vohn Gallery
New York
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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.

Selected exhibitions
2018
CharadeArt Night London
2017
David Birkin - IconographiesBowdoin Projects
2012
Moments of Reprieve: Representing Loss in Contemporary PhotographyParadise Row
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Pieta, 2012

Associated Press wire-photo overlaid with ultramarine pigment from lapis lazuli mines in Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
11 1/2 × 13 in
29.2 × 33 cm
Edition 3/5
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Sold
Location
New York
VG
Vohn Gallery
New York
Medium

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.

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