(b 1994South Africa. Lives and works in Cape Town)
In Birns’ most recent work, he digitally manipulates scans of 35mm film from his personal archive. Moved to consider events and memories before the lockdown period, this self-reflective series evidences the freedom, routines and activities taken for granted in everyday life.
In a previous series entitled, 404, Birns takes his private family archive as a study of what we collectively choose to include and forget when constructing memories. “404 refers to a computer error code to indicate that information was able to communicate with a given server, but the server could not find what was requested.”