Moving between narratives of geographic and domestic landscapes, Lynn Marie Kirby explores traces of a human presence through the residue of light, history, and listening. With a background in cinema and performance, she works with shifting recording technologies, creating film/video hybrids, drawings, and installation that become records of certain times and places.
Using methods such as site interruption, writing, and collaboration, her projects manifest at the intersection of events and archives, looking at the links between public and private, biographical and system ecologies.
Her work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Olympic Museum, Sarajevo; the Pompidou Centre in Paris; Arsenal in Berlin; Manage in St. Petersburg; Portland Museum of Art; the Kennedy Center and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC; LACE in Los Angeles, the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley; the Oakland Museum of California in Oakland; the San Francisco Cinematheque, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the de Young Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and Triple Base Gallery in San Francisco.
Kirby's films and videos have shown at film festivals around the world, including Oberhausen, Toronto, London, San Francisco, and Athens. She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Djerassi Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Film Arts Foundation, Jerome Foundation, and Kelsey Street Press, and the City of San Francisco.