Mouths at the Invisible Event celebrates an exhibition of the same name by British artist David Birkin. Birkin’s multimedia work centers around censorship, spectatorship, and the legal and linguistic frameworks underpinning war. He reflects on not only the failure of images, but also the failure of truth and the manipulation of legislative language for political means. Uniquely designed to emulate the appearance of a classified document, the book is richly illustrated with full-color images of Birkin’s work. In addition, it features essays by cultural critic Emily Apter and the artist that examine the contrived ambiguity of political and military rhetoric, providing a contemporary commentary on language, aesthetics, and the ethos of modern warfare.
About the Artist
David Birkin’s art has been exhibited internationally, including at the Saatchi Gallery, London; the Solyanka State Gallery, Moscow; MoMA PS1; and the Whitney Museum. He is based between New York and London.
About the Publishers
The Mosaic Rooms are a London-based non-profit cultural organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting comtemporary culture from and about the Arab world through contemporary art exhibitions, multidisciplinary events, artist residencies and learning and engagement programme.
The A.M. Qattan Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organisation founded in 1993 and registered in the UK as a charity. Its principle remit is the support of culture and education in and about Palestine and the Arab World.