David Birkin is an artist working in New York and London. He is a graduate of Oxford University and the Slade School of Fine Art, and was a studio fellow on the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program.
Birkin started out photographing subjects on the periphery of conflict -- such as the training of female journalists in Kabul, the founding of Afghan Film, and conscientious objectors during the 2006 Israel-Lebanon War -- before starting a non-profit lecture series on art and politics. In 2009, he was awarded a bursary by the National Media Museum and a graduate scholarship by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Birkin was the recipient of the 2010 Sovereign Art Prize (Barbican, London) and the 2012 Celeste Prize for Photography (Museo Centrale Montemartini, Rome), and was an artist-in-residence at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Art & Law Program in New York. He has performed in films by Nathaniel Mellors for the ICA, Tate Triennial, British Art Show, Hayward Gallery, Venice Biennale and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and narrated the English translation of Chris Marker and Alan Resnais‘ 1953 film Les statues meurent aussi at the French Institute in London.
Birkin has written for Creative Time Reports, Cabinet Magazine, Frieze, the Harvard Advocate, and the American Civil Liberties Union, and has given talks at Oxford University's Institute for Ethics, Law & Armed Conflict, LCC University of the Arts London, Culture + Conflict, and Queens College CUNY, New York. He has exhibited internationally at the Courtauld Institute, The Photographers’ Gallery, The Mosaic Rooms, Saatchi Gallery, Cøpperfield, and Trolly Books, London; Baibakov Art Projects and the Solyanka State Gallery, Moscow; Photomonth, Krakow; the Kunstihoone, Tallinn; the Benaki Museum, Athens; Centre d'Art et Photographie, Lectoure; MUDAM Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg; FotoFest, Houston; MoMA PS1 Rockaway Dome and the Whitney Museum ISP, New York.