David Birkin studied anthropology at Oxford University and fine art at the Slade. Combining original and appropriated imagery with a conceptual approach, his work reflects on the failure of images and the relationship between photography and loss. At its core is a concern for the points at which the personal and political collide, and the limits of visibility: absence, the unseen, the ephemeral and the ineffable.
David Birkin is a 2013-14 ISP fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2012, he was on VLA’s Art & Law Program in New York, and recently finished a residency at Yaddo. He was the recipient of the Sovereign Art Prize (Barbican, London), Celeste Art Prize (Museo Centrale Montemartini, Rome), Arts Council England film funding and a National Media Museum bursary. Birkin has exhibited at the Courtauld Institute, London; The Photographers’ Gallery; Michael Hoppen; Saatchi New Sensations; Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn; Photomonth, Krakow; the Tallinn Kunstihoone, Estonia; and the Solyanaka State Gallery, Moscow. His work was recently shown at the MoMA PS1 Rockaway Dome as part of Expo 1: New York.