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Dara Birnbaum

Josh Baer Gallery

Dara Birnbaum couches her recent video installation, Break in Transmission, 1990, in the fervent language of private recall and public censure. Intercutting clips from news reports about demonstrations in Tiananmen Square with images of Chinese singers in a recording studio, Birnbaum offers a subtle yet overpowering rendering of the massacre of student protesters in China. She shows how the fragile lives of individuals, filled with intricate moments of moral yearning, were not merely ripped apart, but simply negated: quietly and completely nullified.

Birnbaum, known for her videos duplicating the condensed lexicon of TV imagery, has now shifted to a more direct political analysis of how we view what we view. She continues her use of visual and audio repetition, the electronic wipes in which one scene is literally wiped away and replaced by another, the split-screens, and the insertion of

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