June 3 - September 26 2010
State Gallery Linz
born in 1982 in Grenoble / France, lives in Linz and Paris
Philippe Gerlach, aus der Serie / from the series »Gosia«, 2005–2009
Silbergelatineabzüge auf Baryt / Silver gelatin prints on baryta paper
Foto hier / Photo above: 40 x 50 cm
Philippe Gerlach created Gosia, a long-term portrait of the Polish artist Malgorzata Szandala, during his relationship with her. He successfully produces intimate pictures from the everyday life of two young people whose life takes place in Linz, Vienna and Gliwice.
Gerlach quotes Fassbinder’s credo – »The more and the more honestly one applies oneself in a story the more the story will have to do with somebody else too . . .« – and shows classical black-and-white pictures which are unspectacularly existentialist, without pretension or calculated voyeurism. »I trust in the portrait in series more than in the solo portrait, since as a viewer one is always tempted to evaluate the person portrayed in a solo portrait on the basis of his or her mimicry, the surroundings in the picture and his or her clothing. The more representations in different situations you know of a person, the more difficult it is to give a clear outline of her. I do not want to endow the sitter with an image, rather I want to show her or him as a »human being« constantly in flux through his or her experiences and his dealing with other people.« The format of the exhibition is not the formulation Gerlach’s series is primarily aspiring to – it is rather the medium of the publication, the fanzines that interest him; and in this connection also the networking in a small, international scene – see for example www.kaugummi.fr.