Philip Crawford

Philip Andrew Crawford (b. 1988) is a visual artist and writer based in Berlin, Germany working primarily in mixed-media, collage, printmaking, and installation. A self-taught artist, Philip’s extended practice focuses on the nature and function of myth and visual narratives by investigating the content, material conditions and historical context of, and responses to, the various cultural artifacts that he appropriates. Many of Philip’s current projects adopt text and images from comic books, magazines, newspapers, autobiographies, movies and video games. He uses these documents to understand and question contemporary conceptions of heroism, specifically as they relate to identity formation and our performances of race, gender, sexuality and religion. In (re)(de)constructing narratives, Philip likes to manipulate distance, transparency, and readability to invite multiple and illusory readings, highlight simple personal revelations or prod skeptically at deep-seated “universal truths.” Philip holds a BA in History from Stanford University and is completing his MA in American Culture and History at Freie Universitat in Berlin.