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Artist Talk: David Birkin

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22/01/15 7pm

David Birkin will discuss the works featured in his first public solo exhibition, Mouths At The Invisible Event, with Michaela Crimmin.

Mouths At The Invisible Event, brings together a series of works dealing with issues of censorship, spectatorship and the legal and linguistic frameworks underpinning war. Crimmin and Birkin will discuss these works and reflect on the broader themes raised in the exhibition, looking at both the failure of images and the failure of truth, the blurring of the private and public domain in modern surveillance, and the manipulation of legislative language to suit political expediency. The discussion will offer compelling insight into Brikin’s practice revealing both the thematic and pragmatic premise behind his work.

David Birkin (b. 1977) studied at Oxford University, the Slade School of Fine Art and the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at The Courtauld Institute, The Photographers’ Gallery and The Saatchi Gallery, London; the Solyanka State Gallery, Moscow; MoMA PS1’s Rockaway Dome and the Whitney Museum’s ISP exhibition, New York. He is based between New York and London.

Michaela Crimmin is co-founder and co-director of Culture+Conflict; an independent curator and writer; and on the academic staff of the Royal College of Art. Most recently this has included leading a programme funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to build connections between academics, artists and curators, and activists with a shared interest in the role of art in the context of conflict.She was Head of Arts at the RSA from 1997-2010, a role that included initiating and directing the RSA Arts & Ecology Centre.


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