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II, 2017, from TOTALITARIAN Drawing

irina birger


Drawing, Charcoal on Paper

Size: 59 W x 78.7 H x 0.1 D in

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The project TOTALITARIAN is dealing with memory and its storage both in our bodies and on technological devices. Enlarged hard drives remind one of mausoleums or libraries. These ‘buildings’ are graveyards of data which will probably, but not surely, remain for future generations. In TOTALITARIAN I am juxtaposing these types of storage with a human body which accumulates and processes information in heart, brain and liver.

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Drawing:Charcoal on Paper

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Size:59 W x 78.7 H x 0.1 D in

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Growing up in the Soviet Union, Irina Birger experienced the powerful mechanisms of propaganda that repress independent thought and inquiry. Its methods were not just practical, but also extremely visual. Social Realist style and Stalinist Imperial architecture greatly influenced her artistic development. Their monumental arrangements inspire admiration, humility and wonder, similar to the visual impact of the Russian Orthodox Church and other sacred formations. As a result, she is strongly interested in the visual strategies and formal principles of different religions, cults and totalitarian regimes, and incorporate them in her work. Central symmetry, patterns, slogans and monumental approach appear in her drawings, installations and animations. Birger's visual language takes its cue from patterns and structures in science, myth, astrology, pop-culture, news articles, everyday objects and personal items. She selects, isolates, arranges and reconnects them. Each work is a mini universe with its own system. Spending most of time in her studio, she always focused on drawing as her major medium. In the last few years Birger started to use drawing as a site-specific part of an installation, in performances, and as elements in the public space and in animations.

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