Dancing At The Wrong Party
drawing installation, 2013
solo show at Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam
curator: Alexandra Landre
installation photographs by Ilya Rabinovich


Personal Choice, 2013, original HDV, 6 min

Text by Alexandra Landré

Dancing At The Wrong Party is a solo show by visual artist Irina Birger. The exhibition-installation features existing, new and site-specific drawings, most of which have not been shown before.

In her art practice, Birger often takes the concrete social reality of a place as a point of departure. Especially in her video and photo work, the artist examines, analyses and visualizes cultural and social patterns and their dynamics by employing various artistic strategies, ranging from anthropological observations to putting herself forward as the protagonist of action. Her own persona plays an important role in observing, infiltrating and staging relationships between individual and collective or, more generally speaking, between smaller fragments and larger constellations. The continuous coexistence and confrontation between the self and the social is one of the key issues in her work.

These themes can also be traced in other parts of her practice, such as her drawings, which are the main act of this exhibition. Navigating through a networked space, to which she remains partly alien, Birger has adopted quite an intuitive approach in her drawings that allows her to think by doing. The work’s visual language takes its cue from abstract scientific patterns as well as pop-cultural elements, everyday objects and personal icons, which are isolated and arranged in such a way that new connections tend to become visible. Yet, there always remains a sense of alienation.

The title of the exhibition, Dancing at the Wrong Party, evokes this strangely symbiotic relationship between misplacement and connection of some kind. The show aims to make Birger’s artistic universe tangible by offering a panoramic view that weaves together different fragments into new patterns.

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 installation view, 2013   The Circle, acrylic, ø 684 cm 
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 Big Black I, 2013   187x334 cm,pencil&marker on acrylic 
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 Big Black II, 2013   187x334cm, pencil&marker on acrylic 
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 Big White, 2013   marker on paper, 72x102 cm 
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 installation view     
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 Center, Poppy, Sun, 2003-08   pencil&markers on paper 
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 Camera Box, 2001   35x27 cm, charcoal on paper 
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 Shining III, 2013   70x100 cm, pencil on paper 
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  Entrance III, 2013    100x70 cm, pencil on paper 
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 Centralized, 2013   100x70 cm, pencil on paper 
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 installation view     
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 Notebook, 2002   35x27 cm, pen paper 
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 Cup, 2012   A4, pen&marker on paper 
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 Film Box, 2002   A4, pen on paper 
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 Green, 2013   70x50 cm, marker on paper 
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 installation view     
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  Entrance IV, 2012-13    100x70 cm, pencil on paper 
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  Optical II, 2013    100x70 cm, pencil on paper 
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 Optical I, 2013   100x70 cm, pencil on paper 
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 installation view     
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 Future, 2012   A4, markers on paper 
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 Silver, 2012   70x50 cm, pencil&marker on paper 
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 Invisible, 2013   68x48, marker on paper 
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 installation view     
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 Saggitarius, 2013   A4, markers on paper 
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 Black&Silver, 2011   A4, acrylic&merker on paper 
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 Silver System, 2013   A4, acrylic&markers on paper 
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 Straw, 2002   15x10,5 cm, pencils on paper 
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 Sphere, 2010   A4, pen, pencil&marker on paper 
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 Object with Arrows, 2010   10x15 cm, markers on paper 
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 Nipples, 2008   A4, pen&marker on paper 
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 Flower, 2008   A4, collage&marker on paper 
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 Switch, 2002   15x10,5 cm, pencil on paper 
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 Landscape, 2010   A4, ink&markers on paper 
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 Tree, 2008   A4, pencil&markers on paper 
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 i always dance at the wrong party,    A4, markers on paper, 2013 
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 010101, 2010   A4, marker on paper 
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 Cigarettes, 2002   15x10,5 cm, pencil on paper 
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 Yellow System, 2013   A4, markers on paper 
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 Button, 2002   15x10,5 cm, marker on paper 
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 Shining, 2005   A4, pen&markers on paper 
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 Tennis Ball, 2009   A4, pencil&marker on paper 
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 Wanna have some, 2010   A4, pencil&marker on paper 
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 Sperm, 2009   A4, pencil&ink on paper 
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 Mirror, 2005   15x10,5 cm, collage 
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 Flower, 2008   A4, aquarelle&marker on paper 
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 Finger, 2009   A4, pencil on paper 
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 Laziness, 2012   A4, markers on paper 
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 Interesting not equal comfortable   A4, markers on paper, 2013 
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 Cables, 2002   15x10,5 cm, pencil&ink on paper 
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 Two Mushrooms, 2003   10,5x15 cm, pencil&marker on paper 
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 Triangle, 2012   A4, pencils on paper 
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 I (in russian), 2002   A3, aquarelle&marker on paper 
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 Sick, 2011   A4, markers on paper 
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 Untitled, 2013   A4, markers on paper 
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 Cobra, 2013   A4, pencil&marker on paper