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David Birkin (b. 1977) is an artist based between New York and London. He was a fellow at the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program and is a graduate of Oxford University and the Slade School of Fine Art. 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 curating a non-profit series of lectures on art and politics. He has been an artist in residence at Yaddo and on the Art & Law Program in New York, and was the recipient of the 2010 Sovereign Art Prize (Barbican, London); the 2012 Celeste Prize for Photography (Museo Centrale Montemartini, Rome); a National Media Museum bursary; and a graduate scholarship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Birkin has performed in films by Nathaniel Mellors for the ICA, Tate Triennial, 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. He has exhibited internationally at the Courtauld Institute, Photographers’ Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, and Mosaic Rooms, London; Dumbo Arts Centre, MoMA PS1 Rockaway Dome, and Whitney ISP, New York; FotoFest, Houston; Solyanaka State Gallery, Moscow; Tallinn Kunstihoone, Estonia; and MUDAM Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg.