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Dirt-on-denim life shrouds are out to strip down art history's canons

Andrew Birk's latest exhibition runs until November 18

An exhibition of dirt-on-denim pieces made with the imprint of the artist's body seeks to deconstruct the modern-day phenomenon of bodies being self-governed as brands. 

Andrew Birk's I am the body of a human features a series of life shrouds, with Birk using the most primordial tool, subject and material – the body - and what it is surrounded by and made of.

He uses wearable, industrial cloth to cover himself in mud. As in a death shroud, body and dirt become one thing in a cycle with both scientific and religious undertones.

The exhibition runs until November 18 at Malta Contemporary Art, 12 Felix Street, Valletta.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 1pm to 6pm and Saturday between 10am and 1pm.

 

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