2022, 1975, Archival Pigment Print on Alu-Dibond, 50 × 33,88 cm, Edition of 10 + 2 AP, certificate
Since the 1970s, video art pioneer Dara Birnbaum (*1946 in New York, lives and works in New York) has questioned the manipulative power of television images and the gender stereotypes they convey in her work. She deconstructs common gender dynamics circulating in mainstream TV formats by fragmenting and reassembling the television footage, presenting the results in video works and installations. By appropriating preexisting TV images (which she sees as contemporary readymades, she reveals role stereotypes and reverses power relations, often in an ironic, humorous way. The artist’s approach is particularly evident in her iconic video works Technology / Transformation: Wonder Woman and Kiss the Girls: Make Them Cry– both part of the n.b.k. Video-Forum collection. The black-and-white photograph Back Piece (1975/2022), which the artist specifically proposed as an n.b.k. edition, is part of her in-depth research from the early 1970s and exemplifies her preoccupation with questions of image production and distribution, which she later developed in her video works. Dara Birnbaum is a professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York and has taught at numerous other institutions, such as the Städelschule in Frankfurt/Main, Princeton University, and California Institute of the Arts in Valencia / California. Birnbaum has participated several times at Documenta in Kassel (1992; 1987; 1982) and the Venice Biennale (2015; 2003; 2001; 1995; 1984). Solo exhibitions include at Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, New York (2022); Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (2021); Cleveland Museum of Art (2018); Serralves Foundation, Porto (2010); S.M.A.K., Ghent (2009); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008); The Jewish Museum, New York (2003).