Growing up in the Soviet Union, Irina Birger experienced the powerful mechanisms of propaganda that repressed independent thought and inquiry. Its methods were not just practical, but also extremely visual. Social Realist style and Stalinist Imperial architecture greatly influenced her artistic development. Their monumental arrangements inspire admiration, humility and wonder, similar to the visual impact of the Russian Orthodox Church and other sacred formations. As a result, Birger is strongly interested in the visual strategies and formal principles of different religions, cults and totalitarian regimes, and incorporates them in her work. Central symmetry, patterns, slogans and monumental approach appear in her drawings, animations and installations. .
Irina Birger was born in Moscow, studied at the Bezalel Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Jerusalem and at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam.
She 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), Fresh Paint (IL), the Israeli Centre for Digital Art (IL), Chinese European Art Centre (CN), Today Art Museum (CN), Redtory (CN), Drawing Centre Diepenheim (NL), Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (NL), MeetFactory (CZ), Nieuw Dakota (NL), Amsterdam Drawing (NL) and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (NL).
Birger was an artist in residency at a.o. Chinese European Art Centre (CN), the Israeli Centre for Digital Art (IL), MeetFactory (CZ) and Kunstlerhaus Bethanien (DE).
Her works are part of private and public collections such as Haaretz LTD (IL), Israel Museum (IL), C-Collection (Lichtenstein), EYE Collection (NL) and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (NL).
Currently Birger’s work is generously supported by Mondriaan Fund