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17/02/2016

NAU -> PHILIPP GALLON - NECESSARY MEASURES

15th of January - 18th of February

During the last couple of years Philipp Gallon’s work has been concerned with personal geographies, borders and how we relate to other physical surroundings than our own. His projects included journeys to Palestine or rural America, where he investigated the relation between places and their visual representation.

Philipp Gallon’s current group of work offers an approach to more immediate surroundings and conditions. Instead of searching the unknown, his recent work could be seen as a journey inward rather than outward. Through photography, found images, drawings, installation and video Gallon contemplates on ideas of interconnectivity and postmodern communication.

In his exhibition Necessary Measures Gallon addresses notions of how we connect with each other, how our immediate surrounding shape our relations and how the visible and invisible structures that surround us influence our attempts to do so. The works hint at and contain references to geography, media theory and art history.

The different pieces are connected by the title Necessary Measures. The term refers to the concept of an instruction manual. However the manual fails to deliver explanations and rather raises questions: do universally applicable measures exist at all? And if there were, would we then apply them? Would we prefer custom-made instructions for the increasingly complex processes surrounding us, instead of finding our own answers? Is it the very longing for simplicity that makes us accessible for them?

In a letter from 1951, Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan speaks of a tendency in modern communication of becoming the mere participation in processes rather than the understanding of concepts. The works on display in the gallery can be seen as reflections on finding personal approaches to issues like digital self-representation or disconnecting from image and information flow.

"Emotion has its geography, affection is what is nearby, within the boundaries of the self. You can be a thousand miles from the person next to you in bed or deeply invested in the survival of a stranger on the other side of the world."
– Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby



Philipp Gallon is a German photographic artist based in Stockholm, Sweden. He recieved an MFA in Photography and Visual Communication at Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen, Germany and completed a postgraduate program in History of Photography and Media Theory at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. He has previously had two solo exhibitions at NAU Gallery. One of them is Necessary Measures – Work in progress, on display in April 2015, as an introduction to the current group of works.

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