Irina Birger


Portrait of Irina Birger - Photo by Marcel van der Vlugt

Irina Birger spent many years studying the visual strategies and formal principles of religions, cults and totalitarian regimes. As a result, central symmetry, patterns, slogans and monumental approaches often appear in her work.

Birger’s visual language is prompted by structures found in science, mythology, astrology, pop-culture, news articles, everyday objects and personal items. She selects, isolates, arranges these elements and then reconnects them. The result of each project is a mini universe with its own system.

Drawing is Birger’s primary medium. She experiments wit it as a site-specific part of an installation, in performances, as an element in a public space and as a moving image.

Birger exhibited and participated in screenings a.o. in Israel Museum (IL), Tel Aviv Museum (IL), Haifa Museum of Art (IL), Mediamatic (NL), W139 (NL), Apexart (US), Preview Berlin (DE), the Israeli Centre for Digital Art (IL), Chinese European Art Centre (CN), Today Art Museum (CN), Redtory (CN), Drawing Center Diepenheim (NL), Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (NL), Kabinet T (CZ), Nieuw Dakota (NL), Amsterdam Drawing (NL), Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (NL), Viborg Kunsthal (DK) and Q21 (AT).

She was an artist in residency at a.o. Chinese European Art Centre (CN), the Israeli Center for Digital Art (IL), MeetFactory (CZ), Kunstlerhaus Bethanien (DE) and Museums Quartier (AT).

Birger’s work is generously supported by Mondriaan Fund.