Collecting discarded material is an essential part of Birke Gorm’s entire oeuvre. 
MAK Gallery
The title of the exhibition dead stock is a reference to the English term for a commodity or material that is superfluous, unsaleable, or defective and is therefore considered “dead” material in a capitalist system. By re-appropriating domestic—historically predominantly female connoted and unpaid—labor processes, the artist shows the enormous potential of the production and circulation of everyday objects in relation to the dismantling of patriarchal gender hierarchies. The nine handmade sculptures in dead stock become symbolic figures for the value of material and labor in the context of gender roles and equality.

Marlies Wirth, Curator, Digital Culture and MAK Design Collection 
Birke Gorm, born in Hamburg in 1986, lives and works in Vienna. Following studies in textile design in Denmark, painting at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts, and sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, she became an independent artist in 2017, taking part in exhibitions in Vienna, Graz, Berlin, Brussels, Milan, Copenhagen, New York, and Toronto. She is the recipient of the 2020 Strabag Art Award.