Irina Birger was
born in Moscow, completed high school in Serbia and studied fine arts at the
Bezalel Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Jerusalem and at the Sandberg
Institute in Amsterdam. Irina's works are part of many private and public collections.
She exhibited and participated in screenings in Israel Museum, Tel Aviv Museum,
Haifa Museum of Art, Mediamatic (NL), W139 (NL), Apexart New York, Preview
Berlin, Garage Moscow, The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Chinese European Art
Center, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam etc.
In Eastern Europe, where I grew up, drawing was the most
important subject in our art education. I am still thinking that an artist who
never draws is unable to observe and analyze the world around
I have done many different projects and experimented with video,
photography, social projects and installations. Very often I combined drawing
medium within those projects of mine as a part of installation or video.
Spending a lot of time in my studio, I have become more and more
focused on drawing as my major practice. I have started to reconsider my point
of departure in contemporary art and society in general and to try to find my
position in it. I believe that the whole world is an organized system where everyone
has a certain place and role like an abstract figure/point/line has in a
pattern. Each of my drawings is a mini universe with its own rules and order.
In the same way I am looking for a perfect composition in my works; trying to
find a balance between lines, colors and points, I attempt to place myself
within the society as one of its universal elements.
I have adopted quite an intuitive approach in my drawings that
allows me to think while working. My work’s visual language takes its cue from
abstract scientific patterns as well as pop-cultural elements, everyday objects
and personal icons which being exhibited, are isolated and arranged in such a
way that new connections tend to become visible.
Irina Birger's residency was made possible thanks to the Mondriaan Funds.
Marcel van der Vlugt