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I Was So Entranced Seeing That I Did Not Think About The Sight

David Birkin’s work  I Was So Entranced Seeing That I Did Not Think About The Sight (2012) takes its title from Helen Keller’s description of the New York skyline atop the Empire State Building. Born in 1880, Keller, an American author, political activist and lecturer, was the first deafblind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree.

I Was So Entranced Seeing That I Did Not Think About The Sight (2012). Photographer Andy Stagg

I Was So Entranced Seeing That I Did Not Think About The Sight (2012). Photographer Andy Stagg

The work is formed from a sheet of gelatin silver photographic paper which was exposed to the light while standing on the spot Keller stood and facing south toward the World Trade Center. After processing, it was embossed with a braille translation of her description. Framed without glass, the resulting Malevich-black photogram constitutes an image that is as tactile as it is invisible, forming a lyrical response to the dialectics of looking and seeing, visibility and vision.

Helen Keller's letter

Helen Keller’s letter

The work forms part of Mouths At The Invisible Event, David Birkin’s first public solo show. Entry to the exhibition is FREE. On show until 28 February 2015, plan your visit here.

Mouths At The Invisible Event. Photograph Andy Stagg

‘Mouths At The Invisible Event’ exhibition. Photograph Andy Stagg

 

 

 

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