Irina Birger by Marcel van der Vlugt
With her multicultural background, Irina Birger learned how to adapt to very different cultures, and as an artist, she creatively overcame many struggles. To this date she is fascinated with human nature and its desire to belong to social groups, to be a part of a community and identify with its people. The need for connectedness between members of social groups and how it is manifested in daily life is the key issue in her work, in its factual meaning and as an abstract structure. In her research, the constant attraction of the self with the social is a central theme. From the artist’s position as an observer, Irina tries to eliminate the barriers between the singular and the group while acknowledging individuality, and by doing so enabling forms of coexistence. She uses a range of strategies and methods to encourage this connection, such as personal sharing and staging in specific spheres and locations.
Irina 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).
Irina 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).
Her works are part of many private and public collections; Haaretz LTD (IL), Israel Museum (IL), C-Collection (Lichtenstein), EYE Collection (NL) and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (NL).
Birger’s work is generously supported by Mondriaan Fund