Dara Birnbaum

Year and place of birth: 1946, New York, US Location: New York, USA

Dara Birnbaum is one of the most important representatives of early American video art. Since the Seventies, TV has played an ever-greater role in our life, a trend that Birnbaum critically examines. Existing TV images and typical formats such as quizzes, soaps and sports programmes form the basis for this. One technique the artist often uses is to repeat television images whose natural flow is interrupted by fragments of music and text. Birnbaum criticises the medium of television by staying very close to it and analysing it based on its stereotypes. Topics such as femininity and gender equality form a common theme in her work.

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