“…Birkin’s show is a brilliant force field of moral enquiry.” – The Guardian, Feb 1, 2015, Andrew O’Hagan

David Birkin is a British-born artist based in New York. David Birkin’s work centers on the unseen, and points at which the personal and political collide. Much of it’s focus is on the language and legal frameworks underpinning contemporary warfare — foregrounding moments of strangeness or contradiction in the otherwise smooth logic of a system to reveal something deeper about the ideology that sustains it. Birkin has written for Creative Time Reports, The Harvard Advocate, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Cabinet Magazine. Past projects have included a collaboration with the courtroom sketch artist at Guantanamo military tribunals; a photographic rendering of identification numbers from the Iraqi civilian casualty database; an extract of CIA bureaucratese sky-written above Manhattan; and a plane circling the Statue of Liberty’s torch with a banner that read THE SHADOW OF A DOUBT. He was an artist-in-residence at Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and the Art & Law Program in New York. Recent exhibitions include the Whitney ISP; FotoFest, Houston; MUDAM Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg; Benaki Museum, Athens; and Mosaic Rooms, London. He is a graduate of Oxford University and the Slade School of Fine Art, and was a studio fellow at the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program.

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